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Carolina Panthers ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ That Cam Newton Will Be Ready For Week 1 After Mid-Foot Sprain

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been sidelined with a mid-foot sprain.

The team is still “cautiously optimistic” that their star quarterback will be ready for week one after getting hurt Thursday night against the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

This right here is why the preseason is so incredibly stupid. Cam Newton is already coming off of an injury and now he’s hurt again thanks to a meaningless game.

I know they need to get Newton reps, but get them in practice. There’s no point at all in playing your starters in the preseason.

You’re just asking for a disaster to unfold.

 

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It’s a good sign the team still thinks there’s a chance he’ll be ready for the start of the season, but this is just the latest example that the preseason is dumb.

It might be smart for players who are trying to make the roster, but not for a franchise quarterback. There’s no need to ever put a guy like Newton on the field when it doesn’t matter.

 

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Hopefully, Newton is ready to roll week one. In the meantime, let’s have a serious conversation about trimming down or eliminating the preseason.

It doesn’t benefit anybody at all.