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 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?
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