The 1-4 Carolina Panthers could be getting some desperately needed good news.
Quarterback Cam Newton could be back from his concussion fairly soon. Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ESPN’s Lisa Salters that Newton participated in some football-specific drills Monday night, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Joseph Person.
This could be a sign Newton is close to returning after missing Monday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The injury occurred when Newton was drilled by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones on a 2-point conversion Oct. 2. Newton has missed only three games throughout his NFL career. Rivera also said they’ll further evaluate Newton’s status Tuesday.
The Panthers have fallen into an enormous hole after making a Super Bowl run last season. At this point, they need the reigning MVP back if they plan on keeping their playoff hopes alive.