Editor’s update 2:10 p.m.: Ron Rivera announced on Tuesday that Cam Newton will not make the trip to London with the team, per NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero. Kyle Allen will get the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers return for a Week 7 bye, and then travel to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8. They host Tennessee the week after and then travel to face Green Bay. If they’re waiting for a more limited defense for Cam, it won’t be for a while.
The Carolina Panthers have not publicly discussed a timeline for Cam Newton’s return from his Lisfranc foot injury, but at least we know he is attending practice! The Panthers held a practice on Tuesday as they prepare for their Week 6 London matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Newton rode into practice on a scooter.
Newton has been sidelined since aggravating a preseason foot injury in Week 2. Kyle Allen replaced him in Week 3, and while he has had some fumble issues, the Panthers have won three straight to improve to 3-2.
Fantasy football analysis, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, Kyle Allen
Newton won’t be playing in Week 6, and it’s hard to see him playing in the next few weeks. Allen remains the starter, but he raises some fantasy question marks. After a four touchdown effort vs. Arizona, he did not find the end zone in Week 4 and then threw one touchdown to Christian McCaffrey in Week 5.
McCaffrey is the fantasy stud on this roster, while the pass catchers have been limited. Greg Olsen showed signs of life in Weeks 2 and 3, but has been mostly quiet since. D.J. Moore is getting a little more love than Curtis Samuel, but neither is a consistent threat for the time being.
The Panthers are winning games with Allen, but a healthy Newton is still the better quarterback, and better for the fantasy options on the Panthers roster.