Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will be making a quarterback decision sooner rather than later.

Panthers signal-caller Cam Newton is expected to return to practice after the team's Week 7 bye, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

A foot injury has sidelined Newton for the past four games, an issue he apparently played through for the first two weeks of the season. The 30-year-old's absence opened the door for second-year pro Kyle Allen.