Panthers sitting QB Newton; Heinicke to start vs. Falcons

Honest Looks How The Panthers Need To Handle The Final Two Weeks Of The Season

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney confirmed Wednesday that Newton will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He wants to play.

When the Panthers drafted Gaulden in the third round of the 2018 draft they made it clear that the plan was to convert him from nickel corner, where he played at Tennessee, to safety - while he hasn't looked unbelievable in the limited game time he has had so far this season, the Panthers need to throw him into the fire to a certain degree to see what it is they have in him.

Cam Newton has been battling issues with his throwing shoulder for the majority of the 2018 season, and the Carolina Panthers are expected to sideline him because of the lingering injury.

Newton completed 16 of 29 pass attempts with no touchdowns and one interception for a season-low 52.5 passer rating against the Saints. Rivera said Newton was "disappointed" about the decision, but understood the team's thinking.

Newton has been battling soreness in his right shoulder since throwing 22 passes in the fourth quarter of a comeback victory against Philadelphia on October 21.

Taylor Heinicke to start in place of Cam Newton on Sunday

"It hasn't got worse over the weeks, it hasn't got better over the weeks", Newton said Tuesday. "Cam won't.' They've actually mentioned that multiple times". Newton is averaging 7.2 yards per attempt on 67.9 percent completion this season.

Newton will likely miss the regular-season finale against the New Orleans Saints as well, but the team elected not to put him on injured reserve.

Heinicke will be making his first National Football League start.

However, as rumors swirled that Newton may sit out the remainder of the season to rest his ailing shoulder, sportsbooks pulled the Panthers-Falcons game off the board, meaning it was temporarily unavailable for betting. Three came at the end of either a first half or a game, when the Panthers attempted a Hail Mary.

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