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The era of Derek Anderson could have ended in Carolina as starting quarterback and league MVP Cam Newton could be set to return to the field this Sunday.

The Panthers are set to travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints this Sunday in what everyone is expecting to be a high-scoring affair.

Return of the play maker?

Newton remains in the concussion protocol right now but he could be cleared before Sunday as he has been a full participant in Thursday's practice.

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The Panthers will face a tough divisional match-up this week against Drew Brees and his usually high scoring offense in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

All attention is on the Panthers right now who after going 15-1 last season are currently on 1-4 after losing three straight games.

During their week four game against the Atlanta Falcons, their star passer Newton took a hit and was forced to enter the league's concussion protocol.

As a result, Newton missed last week's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while back up Derek Anderson stepped in.

It's good news for the Panthers this week though as Newton has been a full participant in Thursday's training session.

With three days until game time, Newton being a full participant in practice is very encouraging for Carolina.

The match against New Orleans is already a must win game for the Panthers who are fighting for their play-off lives early on this season.

NFC becoming stacked

The Panthers are currently joint bottom in the NFC alongside the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears with 1-4 records.

If the Panthers are planning on catching up to the undefeated Minnesota Vikings and very strong Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons, they will need to start winning soon.

Their play-off hopes may be dashed with a loss to New Orleans, making Sunday's game crucial to their season.

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