SMITTY: He took most of the first-team reps during Thursday’s practice, which indicates he will be back in the line-up this week (unless, of course, he suffers a setback of some kind, which is why you need to be dialed into our Smart Alerts). This is great news for Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, but Cam is still a risky play given we aren’t sure how much his back will affect his play (especially running) in Week 16. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
UPDATE: Cam Newton has two transverse process fractures in his lower back, but it appears he suffered no other internal injuries, which is good news. Tony Romo suffered this type of injury, missed just one game, but had a bye in there in those following weeks as well to heal up before returning to form. With this situation, it’s tough to say if Newton will be able to play Week 15 let alone Weeks 16 and 17. Stay tuned, as this could get worse, we just don’t know. Derek Anderson would start if Cam sits Week 15.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: It looks like Cam Newton’s truck was crushed pretty bad, then Newton was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. Reports just surfaced suggesting that Newton is conscious and even “smiling” and that he suffered no severe injuries. We will keep you posted, but after a very scary situation, it looks like Cam is going to be ok. That said, there is some concern about his Week 15 availability until we hear otherwise. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Panthers coach Ron Rivera has named QB Cam Newton (ribs) his Week 2 starter.
SMITTY: Get Cam Newton back in lineups for Week 2. For updates all week long on this, be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts.
According to reports, Panthers QB Cam Newton is on tract to start Week 1 against the Bucs.
SMITTY: Great news so far, but be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so you have all of the last-minute news!
The following players are questionable for Week 1: Jordan Reed, Cam Newton, Cecil Shorts, Kenny Stills.
SMITTY: For up to the minute updates on these guys, and for possible alternative game plans for your roster, be sure to sign up for our Smart Alerts. In fact, we just blasted out a Smart Alert for game day alternatives for all these guys!
According to reports, there is a chance Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) could miss week 1 (Sunday).
SMITTY: Most of the reports have Cam Newton casting some serious doubt on his ability to be full-go, but also that he could be ‘on pace’ to play. We will have to wait and see on this one, and if you own him, be certain to check back just before kickoff. Derek Anderson would get the go if Newt sat, and Anderson is not a recommended option let alone add. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to reports, Panthers coach Ron Rivera remains optimistic that QB Cam Newton (ribs) will be ready for Week 1 (Sunday).
SMITTY: We will certainly let you know if anything changes, but we fully expect him to start Week 1, even if he remains super-limited leading into opening day. Newt is a tough QB to rank right now, as he has limited receiving talent outside of Greg Olsen (who should be a lock for 70-80 receptions, 800-900 yards and 6-8TDs). However, with an 8th-round ADP and trade value, it’s hard not to see mostly upside with very little risk. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to Steve Reed on Twitter, Panthers QB Cam Newton (fractured ribs) didn’t practice today, but appeared to be walking better.
SMITTY: His Week 1 availability isn’t in question, but we will let you know if he suffers any kind of setback. Looking for Cam Newton Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to multiple reports, Panthers QB Cam Newton has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his ribs; however, the Panthers are confident that the passer will be able to play in Week 1.
SMITTY: Honestly, with an ADP in the 7.03-7.09 range, there isn’t much risk here with Cam, even if it could limit his rushing ability/production right out of the gate. He is still a great safe QB in that 7th… Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
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