Report: Cam Newton expected to play in preseason, but not Panthers opener

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is still battling back from offseason shoulder surgery, so when he will return to the gridiron is still unknown. But the former Auburn standout will play at some point during the NFL preseason, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning.

However, Newton will not be playing in Carolina’s preseason opener this Wednesday.

Newton reportedly did some light throwing at Panthers training camp on Sunday, but hadn’t been throwing the week before. Despite believing to have initially suffered the injury late last year, the former Tiger made it through the entire 2016 season.

Last year, Newton passed for 3,509 yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing for 359 yards and five scores, over 15 games (14 starts).