Hurtin’ Cam NewtonSeptember 4th, 2014
It wasn’t long ago that Joe and all Bucs fans learned Stinking Panthers franchise quarterback Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs. This is a downright painfully injury. Joe only had bruised ribs once and just taking a deep breath or coughing was an adventure.
It seems Newton’s rib may be bothering him more than expected.
As Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reported, Newton was held out of practice.
Newton sat out after experiencing soreness in his cracked ribs, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera is uncertain whether Newton will practice Thursday.
Newton said last week “there’s not a doubt in my mind” he would play against the Bucs. And while Rivera shares Newton’s confidence, he made no guarantees.
“I’m optimistic. I expect him to be there, and we’ll see how it all unfolds,” Rivera said. “We’ve got to look at this as we go through it day by day.”
But it may not be just ribs holding Newton back. Rivera, speaking via teleconference to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club yesterday, offered other dings that Newton is dealing with.
“He had the ankle surgery that he’s recovered from and it was all part of his development through training camp, just rehabbing it, taking the snaps that he needed to take, doing the things he needed to do with the trainers,” Rivera said. “Then, unfortunately, in the New England game, he took a shot to the ribs and there’s a contusion there, a hairline fracture on his ribs. It’s been painful, but he’s worked his way through it. He’s been working in the different drills that he’s done, gone through our walk throughs, he’s done the things that he’s been allowed to do with the trainers right now. We’ll see how he is and how he progresses day by day.”
Now a cynic could say Rivera is setting up the Bucs by holding Newton out of practice and talking about how he’s a member of the walking wounded. Joe very, very much doubts any coach would hold out his starting QB to try to pull the wool over someone’s eyes via some stupid gamesmanship stunt.
No, it sounds like Newton really is hurting. Oh, Joe expects him to start, no doubt. Now if anyone other than Gerald McCoy can breathe on Newton, maybe it’s time to see how those ribs hold up to a couple of shoulder jolts and turf slams come Sunday.