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November 11, 2014

Rivera refutes report, says Cam Newton not injured

Panthers coach Ron Rivera opened his Tuesday press conference refuting a FOX Sports report that Cam Newton had injuries to both ankles during Monday night’s 45-21 loss to the Eagles.

“I'm not sure where all that came from. But put it to rest,” Rivera said. “He said it at his press conference after the game, he's fine.

 “I'm taking him for his word. ... The doctors have nothing on it. The trainers have nothing on it.”

Newton didn’t look himself on the field Monday night as he struggled to accelerate early to avoid sacks. Before throwing two touchdowns in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach, Newton went 18-of-30 for 195 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.

Newton told the media after the game he was OK. Rivera said he never got any indication from Newton or the training staff that the franchise quarterback was injured.

“I’m great. That’s not going to be a distraction,” Newton said after getting sacked a career-high nine times against Philadelphia. “Yeah, I got hit a lot today, but it’s all in the game. We’re not playing ballet. We’re not running track or anything. This is a physical sport. It’s what you sign up for.”

Early Tuesday morning, FOX Sports reported Newton had injuries to both his surgically repaired left ankle and his right ankle.

Despite the blowout loss, Rivera decided to play Newton the entire game. He said he wanted Newton to get in a rhythm, which he did by going 7-of-10 for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Was allowing Newton to get a rhythm worth the two extra sacks and a few more bumps Newton absorbed?

“Yes, because again, I’m under the assumption that he’s fine on the field,” Rivera said. Talking to the trainers, talking to the doctors, there was nothing. And talking to him there was nothing.”

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 11, 2014 at 02:04 PM | Permalink


Ron you would have been better off saying that YES he was injured that why he played like $h!t

Posted by: BUCKGUY | Nov 11, 2014 2:19:14 PM


Posted by: bashar | Nov 11, 2014 2:36:11 PM

Ron needs to grow a pair and bench Cam. Give him time to heal and get his head out of his a--.

Posted by: Holmes | Nov 11, 2014 2:40:49 PM

Rivera said, "The fact that Cam had all the mobility of the Statue of Liberty is just a coincidence."

Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining, Coach.

Posted by: Roscoe Lardbucket | Nov 11, 2014 2:42:05 PM

Cam is terrible, no mechanics whatsoever, overthrows everything, Rivera needs to man up, bench him, and hand over the reins to Anderson. My son has a better QBR.

Line was absolutely terrible last night. Never seen so many missed assignments.

Thanks Gettleman, nice mess you created this year. Didn't think anything could be worse than the game Sunday night. Guess what, we are.

Posted by: Shelley | Nov 11, 2014 2:49:57 PM

Newton looked like an injured puppy on Monday night. Grimaced often. The offensive line is about as horrible as it can get.

Posted by: par404 | Nov 11, 2014 2:54:39 PM


Posted by: Ace | Nov 11, 2014 3:01:56 PM

Start Gettleman at QB Sunday. Let him get a real first-hand account of where we can upgrade next year.

Posted by: sneesh | Nov 11, 2014 3:06:39 PM

I agree to all. Cam is a show boater with no skills he cant throw accurately, he sure cant make big plays, and he cries when he losses. I dont blame him though. His dad set him up for failure when he put him on winning teams all his life and when he makes it to the pros and especially the Carolina panthers who just went 2-15 in 2010, he expected to be an all star but we see where that has gotten him. Bench the loser for Derrick Anderson and lets see what a proven QB can do.

Posted by: Eddie | Nov 11, 2014 3:11:24 PM

Here's a wildbutt idea that might be worth following up on Jonathan. It's been reported that Cam is on a pescatarian (fish)diet. Depending on the type and quantity of fish he's consuming, he may be getting too much mercury in his system. That can affect concentration and muscle control. Check the dude's blood mercury level.

Posted by: Jimbo | Nov 11, 2014 3:56:08 PM

Common coach! All of America seen him kneeling down beside the PT table with a grimace face. The only thing Chucky could commentate on was how hard of a time Cam was having just getting up from the huddle. And you telling me a healthy Cam cannot outrun a 285-300lbs lineman. I think Riverboat is having an onset of dementia.

Posted by: chris | Nov 11, 2014 4:01:33 PM

Jeeze what a pigs breakfast. I agree with the post of a couple of weeks ago that the team is just mailing it in. After all it is what the owner does. Puts crap on the field and sends an invoice for next years tickets.

Any one who has had ANY experience in sports knows that when you are playing like crap you don't play more you stop. When you are doing badly you only reinforce bad performance.

Gettleman, Rivera, Newton, they all need to be fired but we all know the owner doesn't care. He just wants his money. He ran his resturants into the ground and now he is running the Panthers into the ground.

Posted by: GSM2 | Nov 11, 2014 4:02:10 PM

Frankly Cam is good QB in the past. Please start someone else like Webb or Anderson to start. We need someone who is focused.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 11, 2014 4:03:42 PM

Fan from jersey here Gettleman has destroyed this team no line, no secondary, no defensive pressure, no receivers...The product on the field is terrible nobody in our secondary, O-Line or receivers (ex Benjamin and Olsen) would start on any other NFL Team. Cam is J.George and V. Young combined. Over throws and cant read a defense. 4 years is enough!!!

Posted by: Terry | Nov 11, 2014 4:13:01 PM

anybody ready to tell me I was right about hurney being better than given credit for?

You never saw a mass exodus of talent following a playoff year like this one. A few guys left to get bigger deals (ricky manning jr or will witherspoon come to mind) but they were always replaced immediately with logical moves (drafted thomas davis and richard marshall with first 2 picks in that draft).

this dude let people walk......and did nothing about it. roman harper stays getting eaten alive and this dude cuts charles godfrey? how long did it take atlanta to pick him up? if he actually gets up to playing speed by this sunday and has even 1 play against us that will be ANOTHER opponent we strengthened off of our own talent pool thanks to gettleman.

i remember when only the idiots complained about the panthers roster moves. now everybody complains. thanks dave!

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 11, 2014 4:20:19 PM

Yes Gettleman has not done well this year. Hurneys record of 10 plus years and no back to back winning seasons speaks for itself. A good owner should not have let him survive that long and if it does not turn around Gettleman will need to go after next year.

Posted by: Dan | Nov 11, 2014 4:27:08 PM

Sadly the NFL is a win now league the panthers will need to address too many positions in the off season thanks to "Giant" Daves' plan of letting go a quarter of our team's line up including S.Smith Sr. So Cam can lead...we see how that worked out. We need a GM who knows how to build a team and an OC who can actually develop a NFL level game plan. Shula needs to follow Gettleman to the door. Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you!!!

Posted by: Terry | Nov 11, 2014 4:35:59 PM

I would like to see Cam on another team to see what he can do. As they were saying last night a QB friendly team.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 11, 2014 4:40:25 PM

I've heard Mr. Rivera has seen my combine video. Cam will be alright once I'm blocking for him.

Posted by: John Downing | Nov 11, 2014 4:51:33 PM

You guys have short memories, remember Marty Hurney who gave away the bank to so-so players, yes the running back tandem had a good season behind an excellent line, defensive end CJ had one decent season. I think Gettleman has done wonders with what he has had to work with. We could not afford to keep all of our players from last year. Who expected the Kracken to get in trouble with a bar maid? We'll get there, be patient. Offensive line woes will soon be solved.

Posted by: Robray | Nov 11, 2014 4:57:02 PM

Not even who you would consider the best QB in the league, could have played behind this offensive line. Cam is a winner and so are a lot of other guys on our team. We have a few weak links and sub-par players on our O-line, we have one all pro and he can't cover up the other 4.

Posted by: Robray | Nov 11, 2014 5:02:22 PM

Might be better to say he is injured. Otherwise he is simply not very good....and neither is the coach if he cannot tell the difference.

Posted by: M | Nov 11, 2014 5:10:55 PM

Panthers have the dumbest inbreed fans in the NFL. Give Cam something to work with he has nothing. Fire this coach and get rid of this GM.

Posted by: jason | Nov 11, 2014 5:12:30 PM

I can't believe the amount of comments on here day after day, week after week, by so many people that don't have a clue about the cap impact on this team. You all say fire Gettleman, or he ruined the team. Too bad you don't understand the facts. Marty Hurney ruined the team for years to come after he is gone. He got us in cap trouble and Gettleman's hands are tied to the mess Marty created before he left. You all are upset with the wrong GM. Have all of Gettleman's decision been the best? Probably not, but he has to deal with the hand dealt to him from Marty. Gettleman is two or three years away from being able to work the team the way he would like on his own. So know your facts if you're going to take time to post.

Posted by: Realist | Nov 11, 2014 5:15:37 PM

There is a reason why Marty was not contacted by other teams. The first round picks are great but he has way too many misses. No back to back winning seasons Putrid.

Posted by: jeff | Nov 11, 2014 5:19:30 PM

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