The season for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is officially over.
Today Carolina placed the franchise quarterback on season-ending injured reserve, meaning he won’t be back in 2019 for the now 5-3 Panthers.
It’s been a tough season for one of the more high profile player in the game. He aggravated the Lisfranc injury, originally suffered in the third preseason game, in a Week two loss to Tampa Bay.
He has not markedly improved from rehabilitation, and at the moment there’s no timetable for a return to the field for Newton.
Newton visited with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday in Wisconsin. Following the visit, management decided it would be best for the quarterback and the team to shut down Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, for the rest of the season.
“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement.
“He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.
“We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam.”
Without Newton the Panthers have played well, as Kyle Allen has stepped into the role at quarterback and thus far in six games is 5-1 as the starter.
Currently the Panthers are in the 8th spot in the NFC in terms of a playoff spot.