Panthers’ quarterback, Cam Newton, could miss the 2019 season.
Panthers’ owner, David Tepper, who is finishing his first calendar year with the team, is still unsure whether or not the dual threat quarterback needs surgery to fix his throwing shoulder.
Newton wasn’t the same player down the stretch as he looked less mobile, sluggish, and less dangerous with the football during the team’s last 8 games.
“Of course it’s a concern,” Tepper told ESPN, “if you told me that Newton took a year off and could be fully recovered and everything else and that’s what it took, an extra year, why wouldn’t you do that?”.
Nothing is certain yet, but this is starting to sound like the “Andrew Luck” treatment. Take a year off, come back heathy, and return to the dynamic player you were. Luck’s numbers this year with over 4,000 passing yards and almost 40 passingtouchdowns are nothing to scoff at.
For now, we’ll just have to let Tepper’s assessment continue as the offseason begins for the Panthers who lost 7 of their last 8 games.
(Written by Seth Cohen, a Tailgate writer who also runs @tailgatenflnews on Instagram.)