Cam Newton missed the Carolina Panthers' Monday night loss earlier this week to their divisional rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he picked up a concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons the week before and was placed on concussion protocol.
They needed him on that night because their offense lacked their edge they usually have with their dual-threat quarterback like Newton.
However, good news is on the horizon for them when they play against another divisional rival this weekend in the New Orleans Saints, as the NFL MVP is expected to play.
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The team announced on Saturday that their quarterback would be cleared to play this weekend despite being listed as questionable earlier in the week. According to NFL.com, head coach Ron Rivera said that barring a setback, he will play.
This is great news for the Panthers to have their general back on offense, as they'll need him if they want to get out of their 1-4 record hole and make their hopes of reaching the playoffs a reality once more.
Elsewhere, running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), are expected play against the Saints as well, which is more good news for Panthers fans as they'll have all the weapons Newton needs to give him the best chance possible of earning a victory.
Carolina will be hoping their three-time Pro Bowler has learned his lesson since picking up the concussion against the Falcons a couple of weeks ago, and go 100% throughout every play, rather than walking into the endzone and allowing the defense to take an easy hit on him.