The Carolina Panthers will likely be without their MVP quarterback on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers are “expected” to go into Week 5’s NFC South showdown without Cam Newton, who is still in concussion protocol. He missed Friday’s practice, which makes it possible the Panthers could rule him out on their final injury report Saturday.
Newton suffered his head injury at the end of a two-point conversion attempt against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. He left the game and didn’t return.
A six-year NFL veteran, Newton has missed only two starts. He’ll likely miss his third on Monday night.
According to David Newton of ESPN, veteran Derek Anderson took all the first-team snaps for the Panthers on Friday. He will likely start, barring an unexpected recovery from Newton over the next few days.
The Panthers won both of Anderson’s fill-in starts for Newton back in 2014. Ironically, both the games came against Tampa Bay. He threw three touchdowns without an interception.