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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Panthers Injury Update: Cam Newton practices in pads

By on 9/02/2014 09:30:00 PM

Carolina Panthers All-Pro quarterback, Cam Newton sustained a hairline fracture in one of his ribs in week three of the preseason. Newton began to practice this week with extra padding around the fracture, this is a good sign and the Panthers have said he should play week one.

A hairline fracture is a tiny fracture that can occur in any bone, for Newton he sustained this fracture in one of his ribs. Hairline fractures are typically managed with conservative treatment and extra padding around the injury. When Newton returned to practice he was sporting a new flap jacket that will help protect the fracture site. Most players in the NFL wear flap jackets regardless of an injury, the flap jacket should not limit Newton's playing abilities.

Newton who also missed part of training camp due to ankle surgery has yet to miss a start in his career. Newton who underwent ankle surgery in the off season seemed fine in the preseason action he did see, going forward this should not be an issue. Newton seems to be expected to start week one and going forward should be fine. As long as the flap jacket protects the fracture site and the fracture does not manifest into a larger fracture Newton should not be disrupted by the injury.

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