This is certainly no surprise, but Cam Newton will be dressed in street clothes when the Panthers play the Titans in their second preseason game Saturday afternoon.
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that the Panthers quarterback will sit out the game, as had been expected all week.
This should not be construed as any kind of setback in Newton’s recovery from off-season shoulder surgery. The team continues to be cautious with Newton, and coach Ron Rivera has said he’d be comfortable if he sat out the entire preseason.
The big question now: Will the missed work in camp and preseason games affect Newton and the offense early in the regular season? Newton participated in drills Thursday, and Rivera conceded he looked “rusty.”
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero? reported Friday that Newton is “throwing more each day and feels fine,” and is on track to play in the third preseason game against the Jaguars.
The former Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback of course became famous, or maybe infamous in this case, when he first sat for the national anthem and eventually took a knee for “The Star-Spangled Banner” throughout the NFL season. It was a polarizing decision that had players following him, others standing against him, and everyone having an opinion about him.
Since opting out of his contract with the 49ers this past offseason he has been looking for a job without any luck. Since teams are already out of minicamp and he still isn’t employed it does beg the question, how does a quarterback with a 16:4 touchdown to interception ratio last season not have a job?