Panthers Cautiously Optimistic Cam Newton Will Be Ready For Week 1

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a mid-foot sprain in his left foot during Thursday’s preseason game against the New England Patriots.

Jourdan Rodrigue reports that Panthers General Manager Hurney says the team is “cautiously optimistic” he’ll be ready to play in the team’s Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

While x-rays were negative on Cam’s foot, he was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot. Newton suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year and underwent surgery this offseason to repair it.

Newton, 30, is entering the fifth year of a six-year deal he signed worth $118.47 million that includes $60 million guaranteed. He stands to make $16.2 million this season and $18.6 million next year in base salaries.

Last season, Cam appeared in 14 games and threw for 3,395 yards to go with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He completed 67.9 percent of his passes, while rushing for 488 and four touchdowns.