The Carolina Panthers have announced that Luke Kuechly and Cam Newton will both sit out Friday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, according to Pro Football Talk.
This announcement comes as no surprise. Newton suffered a major shoulder injury in the middle of last year, and his play steadily declined because of it. It would make no sense to risk Newton in a meaningless preseason game. Kuechly is another established veteran with nothing to prove. Playing these two in a preseason game doesn’t have any upside, and doesn’t make any sense.
While the Panthers missed the playoffs last year, they’re a sleeper pick for a playoff berth in 2019. Throughout the first half of 2018, Carolina looked like a wild card team at the very least.