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Cam Newton | Quarterback

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Auburn
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he is "very confident" Cam Newton (back, probable) will start Week 16 against the Browns.
In coach speak that is a veritable guarantee. Newton practiced all week and is a lock to start against Cleveland. Newton played his best game of the season Week 14 before injuring his back, and has QB1 upside even in a tough matchup. Dec 20 - 10:28 AM

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Cam Newton (back) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Browns.

He'll make the start and be a high-end QB2 with unlimited upside. Derek Anderson heads back to holding the clipboard with a 2-0 record across two spot starts.
Dec 19 - 12:45 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (back) is on target to start Week 16 against the Browns.

Rivera will formally announce a decision this morning. Newton took the majority of the first-team reps in Thursday's practice as a full participant. He'll be a high-end QB2 with obvious upside against the Browns' stout pass defense.
Dec 19 - 9:07 AM

Cam Newton (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, and is "on target" to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera expects Newton to "probably" start over Derek Anderson. It's a huge boost for the Panthers as they try to stay alive in the NFC South. Newton had his best game of the season in Week 14 before his car accident, but will be a borderline QB1 if he suits up for the fantasy finals. His health is obviously a question mark, and the Browns sport a stouter defense than New Orleans.
Dec 18 - 2:32 PM

Speaking after Thursday's practice, Cam Newton (back) declined to say if he expected to start Sunday's game against the Browns.

"I'm fine either way it goes," Newton said. "I don't want to be a distraction." Newton also added that he's felt "no pain" on the practice field, and has "no fear" of further injury. Barring a setback, he sounds like a quarterback who's going to take the football field on Sunday. Newton's status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.
Dec 18 - 1:59 PM

Cam Newton (back) took the majority of first-team reps at practice Thursday.

Newton appears on track to return after missing just one game. He'd slide in as a back-end QB1 against the Browns, although he'd come with risk. When Newton is hesitant to use his legs, his fantasy projection is severely capped.
Dec 18 - 12:21 PM

Cam Newton (back) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

He and Derek Anderson split first-team reps with Newton getting back in the swing of things after last Tuesday's car accident. Kelvin Benjamin said Cam threw the ball with his normal "fire" on Wednesday. We'd bet Newton starts Week 16 against the Browns with the Panthers hanging on for dear life in the NFC South.
Dec 17 - 1:44 PM

Cam Newton (back) will attempt some throws Tuesday.

Tuesday is an off day for the Panthers, but they want an early decision on Newton's Week 16 status. Ideally, they'll begin preparations for the Browns Wednesday knowing if it'll be Newton or Derek Anderson.
Dec 16 - 9:37 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was noncommittal Monday when addressing Cam Newton's (back) Week 16 availability.

Rivera gave away "nothing definitive," but did state Cam will start against the Browns "only if he’s certain Newton can protect himself." Added OC Mike Shula, "I know he’s feeling a lot better than he was Friday and Saturday," Shula said. "He’s moving around, just kind of walking around the building a lot better. So that’s good." It will be a good sign if Cam practices on Wednesday.
Dec 15 - 5:41 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are optimistic Cam Newton (back) can return for Week 16.

Derek Anderson will start in a plus spot at home against the Bucs Sunday. But Newton's injury, similar to the one Tony Romo sustained early this season, isn't overly serious. He's "day to day."
Dec 14 - 10:51 AM

The Panthers are unsure when Cam Newton (back) will resume practicing.

Newton has yet to be formally ruled out for Week 15, but that should happen on Friday. The real question is his Week 16 status. The Panthers' decision could be affected by the way things play out in the NFC South this weekend. Amazingly, the 4-8-1 Panthers are still alive for the division crown. Derek Anderson is starting against the Bucs.
Dec 11 - 2:43 PM

Cam Newton was released from the Carolinas Medical Center on Wednesday morning after spending the night in the hospital following his Tuesday car accident.

The Panthers are calling Newton day-to-day. He's dealing with general soreness and two fractured transverse processes in his back. Newton is fully expected to sit out Week 15 against the Bucs, leaving Derek Anderson in the saddle as the starter. Anderson completed 24-of-34 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 spot start against Tampa Bay. He'll be on the DFS radar at minimum price. Newton has a shot to play Week 16 against Cleveland.
Dec 10 - 11:37 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports Cam Newton (back) is likely to miss Week 15.

"Right now it's all about Cam's well being," were the words of a Panthers spokesman. Newton is dealing with two transverse process fractures in his lower back, an injury that cost Tony Romo a game earlier this season. It's not a long-term issue, but could threaten the rest of Newton's 2014.
Dec 9 - 7:27 PM

Cam Newton has been diagnosed with two transverse process fractures in his lower back, but "no further internal injuries."

The injury is very similar to the one Tony Romo suffered on Monday Night Football in Week 8. Romo ended up missing just one game, but was limited in Week 10 before getting a Week 11 bye to heal up. According to the Panthers, it's "unclear" if Newton will be available for Sunday's game against the Bucs. With Newton already having taken a massive beating this season, we wouldn't be surprised to see him shut down. Derek Anderson is Newton's backup.
Dec 9 - 3:28 PM

According to the Panthers, Cam Newton is in "fair" condition following his Tuesday car accident, but will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

The Panthers' official statement comes after ESPN's Ed Werder reported that Newton had avoided any broken bones, but was "still being evaluated." Per Werder, the nature of Newton's injuries appear to be "scrapes and bruises." It's excellent news considering how smashed up Newton's truck was. Early reports suggest Newton was blindsided by a motorist who didn't see a stop sign. As for Newton's Week 15 status, he should be considered day to day, and truly questionable to suit up against the Bucs. Derek Anderson would get the call if Newton couldn't go.
Dec 9 - 2:34 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Philly Brown
WR31Philly Brown
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
K1Graham Gano