Friday September 5th, 2014

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn't limited during Friday's practice, Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters.

Newton is recovering from a fractured rib sustained on Aug. 22. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener, and Rivera said he will decide on Sunday whether or not Newton plays.

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More from Rivera:

"There's some things you can't measure, and that's how he'll react when he gets hit. So when we make our decision Sunday morning it's going to be based on how we feel he's done the last couple of days, how he feels in terms of handling what we want to do with the game plan and whether or not we believe he'll be able to protect himself if he takes a shot.''

On Thursday, Newton said he wasn't 100 percent but was "on pace" to play Sunday. In response, Rivera said Friday that Newton "could be" on pace to play.

Newton, 25, threw for 3,379 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season. Derek Anderson is listed as his backup.

The Panthers open the season at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ben Estes


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