The Carolina Panthers are "cautiously optimistic" quarterback Cam Newton will be on the field when the team kicks off its National Football League season against the Los Angeles Rams on September 8, general manager Marty Hurney said. The Panthers host the Rams on September 8 at 1 p.m. ET.
"It's a left midfoot sprain, and we are cautiously optimistic that he will be ready for Week 1", Hurney said via the Panthers' official website.
Proof? A headline from the Charlotte Observer reads: "If Cam Newton's foot injury is serious, the Panthers' entire season is in peril".
Thursday, the Panthers' third exhibition, was the first time Newton played this preseason, though he has practiced extensively. From there, he was escorted to the locker room before being seen walking out of the stadium in a walking boot.
But although this didn't look awful - and maybe it won't be, and the Panthers were whispering unofficially late Thursday night they didn't think it would be - foot injuries don't have to look bad initially to turn out poorly.
Newton completed 4-of-6 passes for 30 yards before leaving the game. The Panthers offense is opened up when he's on the field, which is not the case when Kyle Allen and Will Grier are out there.
Newton is known for making bold fashion choices.
We'll keep you updated regarding the severity of Newton's mid-foot sprain moving forward.