Ron Rivera has full faith quarterback Cam Newton will be ready to go for the Panthers’ season opener.
Newton’s start to the season was put in doubt last week, when he suffered a foot sprain early in the team’s preseason game against the Patriots.
However, the injury doesn’t appear to be too severe. Rivera told reporters Tuesday that there is “no doubt in my mind” that Newton will be ready to start.
“Everything he’s been doing, everything he’s done is exactly what he needed to,” Rivera said. “And we’re at the point now where, you know, it’s just a matter of time before we start our official prep for the Rams.”
Newton has been at practice the past two days and has been putting more pressure on his injured foot. He also was seen without his walking boot and even threw with his trainers.
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Newton just came off shoulder surgery this offseason after he was shut down for the Panthers’ final two games last year. He isn’t expected to play in the team’s final preseason game against the Steelers on Thursday.
The Panthers will open their season against the Rams in Charlotte on Sept. 8.