Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team is going to do “exactly what the trainers and doctors allow us to do,” and that he is fine if quarterback Cam Newton misses the entire preseason as he continues to rehab his shoulder.
Newton sat out the Panthers’ preseason opener on Wednesday and it is uncertain if he will play next Saturday against Tennessee or the following week against Jacksonville. He has not played in the preseason finale since his rookie season, and it is highly unlikely Newton would play against Pittsburgh on Aug. 31.
“I’d be OK with it,” Rivera said Friday when asked if he would mind if Newton did not see game action until the team’s Sept. 10 regular-season opener against San Francisco.
“Every day is a new day,” Rivera said of his quarterback who had surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30. “As long as he continues to progress, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.”
Newton has continued to increase his throwing regimen, including taking part in individual drills on Friday for the first time in 12 days. He made a few handoffs in team drills but did not attempt any passes.
“Like I’ve been telling you guys, it’s just a matter of time, said Rivera, who added that Newton will increase his reps if he doesn’t experience soreness or a setback Saturday. “He’ll continue to do his workouts with the training staff, and each day as long as he continues to progress, we’ll throw him more and more.”