Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton is set to make his return in Week 6 versus the New Orleans Saints. The QB has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and set to take over the starting QB spot for Carolina, which has struggled so far this regular season.
The Panthers made the Super Bowl game last season when they lost to the Denver Broncos in the championship game. Getting Newton, who re-joined the Panthers’ practices on Thursday and Friday, according to ESPN.
Newton, who is the reigning NFL MVP, missed just his third career start in their last game, a 17-14 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carolina is just 1-4 for the season, the last-placed team in the NFC South. The game against the Saints is crucial since they are division rivals.
The Panthers lost the season opener to the Broncos (21-20) then won over the San Francisco 49ers (46-27) in Week 2. However, they have lost their last three games, to the Minnesota Vikings (22-10), Atlanta Falcons (48-33) and Bucs.
Getting Newton back for the Saints’ game is big for the Panthers with cornerbacks James Bradberry, Robert McClain, left tackle Michael Oher, defensive tackles Vernon Butler and Paul Soliai all expected to be out in Week 6.
In four games in the 2016 season, Newton has 974 passing yards and 147 rushing yards with six passing TDs and two rushing TDs.
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