Week Three of the Carolina Panthers’ 2019 preseason saw some potential bad news for them: quarterback Cam Newton sprained his foot in a 10-3 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champions. Luckily, at the time of the initial injury, nothing was too serious, and the Panthers held Newton out of the remainder of the Patriots game (and Week Four) for precaution.
Fast forward to Week Four of the regular season, and Cam Newton is actually the one that is telling football fans that he was the one who hid the extent of his injury. We all thought that it was just a foot sprain. Well, if you listened to his one-on-one interview last night, he disclosed that he hid the extent of what we all thought was a foot sprain.
In a video blog released Friday, Newton revealed that he will not be returning to football until he is 100 percent. I had been saying that Newton should do this even before the preseason started. I would not want the face of the Panthers franchise to cut his career short or, even worse, end his career this season because of a major injury.
Last week, Newton was held out of the Panthers’ 38-20, Week Three victory over the Arizona Cardinals because he aggravated his foot injury in the Week Two loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were reports that his injury could have been a Lisfranc (mid-foot) sprain, which would hold him out for a longer period of time than just one week.
In his video blog last night, Newton confirmed that it was a Lisfranc sprain, but he wanted to talk more about his decision to hide his injury. “I’ve decided I will take time away from the game. This is me being the bigger person and being real with myself and saying ‘Look, what’s the ultimate goal you’re trying to accomplish? Win the Super Bowl. OK, if you want to win the Super Bowl, this is the step you’ve got to take.'”
Even though Newton told fans he would be stepping away from the game for “a while” to fully recover from his injury, he did not specify how long
“a while” would be. “It could very well be a week. Or two weeks. It could be three weeks, it could be four weeks, it could be six weeks.” Newton acknowledged that unlike the preseason and regular season, when he felt like he had to play because he did not want to let his fans down, he will sit out as long as he needs to for a full recovery. Something that Panther Nation will like hearing: not necessarily at the moment, but definitely for the long-term.
Well, maybe at the moment, too. Fans booed Newton and the lackluster Panthers offense off the field at Bank of America Stadium in Week Two’s loss to Tampa Bay. In a Week Three victory against the Arizona Cardinals, the Panthers and their offense looked much better under Kyle Allen, prompting many fans, including myself, to start wondering if there was a quarterback controversy in Carolina.
If you had told me before the season that Kyle Allen would be leading the Panthers through the 2019 season, I would have looked at you with a “what are you talking about” look. Now, I could not be more excited to see a former undrafted quarterback lead the way, because he looks like the real deal.
What Cam Newton did in admitting his injury was tough for him, but it was a very wise decision. He will preserve his Superman status in the long run by sitting out for a while.