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December 16, 2013

Rivera: Cam toe injury no big deal

The toe injury sustained by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton against the Jets on Sunday was "not that big a deal," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Newton injured his toe at the end of a 7-yard scramble on the Panthers' final offensive play of the first half, and was taken into the locker room before halftime to be examined.

Newton did not undergo X-rays on the toe, and Rivera said it is not being characterized as "turf toe."

Newton was the last Panthers' player to return to the field after halftime. But he didn't miss a snap, finishing with 273 passing yards but only 12 rushing yards on seven carries.

Rivera said the injury did not affect Newton's mobility.

"The reason we took him off early was because we had to cut the tape off and let them double-check and make sure everything was fine," Rivera said. "Everything came out OK."

Rivera said free safety Mike Mitchell re-aggravated a shoulder injury, but did not indicate it would sideline him Sunday against New Orleans.

Running back Jonathan Stewart, who missed the Jets' game after tearing his MCL in the first Saints' game, will be re-evaluated this week. Rivera has said Stewart would not be back before the Week 17 trip to Atlanta.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 16, 2013 at 01:06 PM | Permalink


Glad to see Cam is ok. As for Mike Mitchell, if he played as good as he talked, he'd be a Pro-Bowler every year. I don't care how bad the Saints play on the road, but as long as he and Melvin White are back there to keep people wide open, we are going to have a long day.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 16, 2013 1:44:28 PM

I thought Cam had bionic toes.

Posted by: Chumperson | Dec 16, 2013 2:00:24 PM

I thought Cam had bionic toes.

Posted by: Chumperson | Dec 16, 2013 2:00:28 PM

I doubt Stewart is with us next year.

Posted by: Bob Smith | Dec 16, 2013 2:52:31 PM

The playoffs are rather murky in the NFC still except Seattle. Somebody will be sitting at home with 10 wins...

Posted by: Dom | Dec 16, 2013 3:30:00 PM

Im going out on a limb here, FANS. HOME CROWD we YOU HAVE GOT TO GET LOUD THIS WEEK.....PANTHERS need to know from the home crowd were in it to win it.Its on you this week home crowd let the team know we must have this win . Its time to to lay off the little prep hand jesture and pop a top for once and yell out this bud is for YOU PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Joe | Dec 16, 2013 5:41:38 PM

It is supposed to rain. The club seats can't make noise sitting inside.

Posted by: jeff | Dec 16, 2013 6:34:23 PM

Exhibit 1: How a Class Owner handles a transition in ownership --> https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/bucks-owner-herb-kohl-looking-add-ownership-partners-205027684--nba.html

Exhibit 2: How a No-Class Owner handles a transition in ownership --> see Boone's Farm Jerry.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 16, 2013 8:46:42 PM

so it's classless to not publicly state your succession plan? and classless to not plan on dying? um, ok.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 17, 2013 2:27:19 PM

Cam el toe!

Posted by: John | Dec 17, 2013 8:44:09 PM

You're really that stupid?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 17, 2013 10:25:17 PM

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