Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has re-aggravated his left-foot sprain, and the team has “no idea” when he might return to action.
Newton originally sprained his left foot against the New England Patriots during the team’s third preseason game. When the injury happened, Newton immediately left the game and did not return. He left Gillette Stadium in a pressurized boot that night and missed several days of practice thereafter.
He then re-aggravated the injury during the team’s loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night and missed practice Tuesday as a result.
“He’s just in the training room rehabbing,” general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday.
Hurney said Newton told the team after Thursday’s game that he knew he had re-aggravated the foot. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton told him after the game that his foot was sore, but that he learned “all the information” on Tuesday. Rivera also said that to the best of his knowledge, Newton had spent the long weekend receiving physical therapy.
“I have no idea (how long he will be out),” Rivera said Tuesday. “What he’s going to do is he’s going to get his treatment, and we’ll see how he feels, and we’ll adjust it as we go around through it.”
Hurney did not elaborate when asked if Newton’s status for this Sunday against Arizona was in jeopardy.
“I don’t know,” Hurney said. “We’ll just take it day-by-day.”
If Newton does miss time, Rivera said the team would start second-year player Kyle Allen at quarterback. Third-round rookie Will Grier is behind Allen on the depth chart.
“I think Kyle’s more than ready,” Rivera said. “I think Kyle did some really good things last year, showed us what he’s capable of.”
Newton has not showed up on a single injury report during the 2019 regular season, despite the sprain in the preseason. The team does not have to produce an official injury report for this week until Wednesday.
When asked Thursday night about Newton’s foot as it related to his lack of rushing attempts, Rivera said after the team’s loss: “Don’t worry about the foot.”
Newton has rushed five times for minus-3 yards, including just two attempts Thursday.
Rivera said he spoke to Newton on Tuesday.
“Visited with him, and he’s going to do everything he can to get back out as soon as he can,” Rivera said. “He was low about it. I mean, he really was, and you could tell. He wants to compete so badly.”
Rivera couldn’t say which play specifically Newton got hurt on, nor if this injury is the same as the initial mid-left foot sprain.
The Panthers travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals this Sunday, but it remains to be seen if Newton will be suiting up in Week 3.