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Details of Cam Newton's return to the Panthers.
Cam hurls a strike in the flats against the Houston Texans. photo by Stan Deatherage Click image to expand.
Thursday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers signed veteran free agent quarterback and former face of the franchise, Cam Newton.
Starting quarterback Sam Darnold will be on the shelf for approximately 4-6 weeks with a fractured scapula and will be placed on injured reserve. This left the Panthers with just P.J. Walker and Matt Barkley as the only options at quarterback for a team that still has aspirations of making the playoffs.
Although head coach Matt Rhule has continued to pour his faith into Walker, the Panthers knew that if they wanted to get to the postseason they needed an upgrade. To be fair, they needed an upgrade at the position regardless of Sam Darnold's health. Some believe that Darnold's injury prompted the Panthers into making this move but with the way he has performed recently, it's very possible that they would have still pursued Newton if Darnold were indeed healthy.
With it already being Thursday, there's virtually no shot for Newton to be activated for Sunday's game at Arizona. However, he would technically be eligible now that he is vaccinated. Next week against the Washington Football Team is certainly possible. That game would also mark the return of former Panthers head coach, Ron Rivera, who is in his second year with Washington.