Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sustains fractured rib

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not see action in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers after suffering a hairline fracture to a rib against the New England Patriots.

Coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to be ready when the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its opening game Sept. 7.

“I do expect him to be ready, but a lot of it is he had to get past the soreness, which we expect, and we’ll see how he starts to progress,” Rivera said.

Newton, , who missed most of the offseason recovering from surgery on his left ankle, is expected to rest most of this week and be re-evaluated over the weekend.

“There is a lot of concern,” Rivera said. “We’ll treat it day by day and evaluate it at the end of the week and see how he is. We expect him to get past the soreness in the next few days and do a lot more.”

Newton sustained the injury when New England linebacker Jamie Collins stepped on his quarterback’s back, catching him at a vulnerable spot on the flak jacket at the end of a 7-yard scramble.

Newton was in a great deal of pain when he arrived at the stadium on Sunday. He was sent him for an MRI and CAT scan. The MRI revealed the hairline fracture.

“Very frustrating,” Rivera said of how the injury took place. “The unfortunate part is he had a chance to make a play on it. He chose to tuck it and run. One thing he’s going to have to learn is either dump it or learn how to slide.”

Newton was 8-for-12 passing for 88 yards against New England, but he missed a few open opportunities. He also was sacked three times.

Rivera said Derek Anderson will start against Pittsburgh and be the starter at Tampa if Newton doesn’t recover in time.

Newton’s injury increases the likelihood that Carolina keeps a third quarterback, Joe Webb, on the final 53-man roster.

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