Cam focused on football, not injuries, ahead of opener
By Jeremy Bergman
Around The NFL Writer
Published: Sept. 4, 2019 at 04:59 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 4, 2019 at 05:40 p.m.
Injuries have followed Cam Newton all throughout the offseason; the Panthers quarterback went under the knife to correct a shoulder injury in January and was recently diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain.
But on Wednesday, Newton was nowhere to be seen on Carolina's first injury report of the season ahead its Week 1 opener against the Los Angeles Rams.
Asked about the mid-foot injury that sidelined him during the Panthers' third preseason game, Newton said he wasn't looking back.
"I'm focused on the Rams," Newton told reporters. "I don't want to dwell on something that's irrelevant or what doesn't need to be talked about. Excited about the matchup on Sunday. Really looking forward to playing four quarters of football."
Cam's progression this offseason was marked by small steps back to the field, from throwing off to the side to showing off his new throwing motion with footballs, from returning to padded practice to starting Carolina's preseason tilt. Now fully healthy, Newton feels like a new man and thankful to be with the Panthers for a ninth professional season.