Panthers won’t commit on future of their star QB

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper says the team won’t decide on the long-term future of Cam Newton with the organization until after they determine if the quarterback has fully recovered from a Lisfranc injury in his left foot.

Newton, 30, played only two games for the Panthers this season before being placed on injured reserve.

The 2015 league MVP is slated to cost $21.1 million under next year’s salary cap, but the team could save $19 million if they cut him or trade him.

Tepper knows that.

But he says it is impossible to evaluate Newton right now given the uncertainty of his recovery.

Tepper said he does not know if the quarterback will have surgery.

Ideally, Tepper said Newton makes a full recovery, remains with the Panthers and leads the organization to a Super Bowl title.

Chicago Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insists he pulled Mitchell Trubisky near the end of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams because of pain in his right hip and not because he’s ready to bench his struggling quarterback.

Nagy said Monday the decision to have Chase Daniel work Chicago’s final drive was “completely based off” Trubisky’s injury. He wasn’t sure about his quarterback’s status, with Chicago (4-6) hosting the New York Giants (2-8) this week.

Nagy says Trubisky suffered a right hip pointer when he took a knee from Michael Brockers as Troy Hill sacked him near the end of the second quarter. He got treatment at halftime, led the Bears on an 80-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter, but his hip tightened.

Cleveland Browns

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield won his appeal and won’t have to pay a $12,500 fine he received from the NFL last month for criticizing officials.

Following Cleveland’s 32-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13, the Browns’ quarterback called the officiating “pretty bad” and he was particularly critical of a blindside block penalty called against teammate Jarvis Landry.

The Browns (4-6) have been one of the league’s most penalized teams this season. They’ve been flagged 87 times.


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