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Cam Newton reportedly playing through a litany of injuries

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has looked nothing like the dynamic and skilled signal-caller as of late, in particular during Monday night’s 45-21 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Newton took an utter beating Monday, taking nine sacks and throwing three interceptions while being harassed all night by a potent and active Eagles defense.

It turns out, though, that Newton may have entered Monday’s game already nursing a litany of injuries, perhaps helping explain why he appears a shell of his former self.

FOX Sports’ Mike Garafalo reports that Newton is toiling under the duress of trying to play through two lower body injuries.

Newton underwent surgery in March on his left ankle that appears to be causing lingering issues. Garafolo reports that is also dealing with a right foot injury, something that the Panthers training staff reportedly suspects may have been exacerbated by Newton compensating for his bum left ankle.

Newton uncharacteristically ran for only six yards in the loss and appeared to be limping much of the game.

Newton attempted to downplay the severity of any lingering — or new — injuries, simply stating that he needs to take care of the football better.

“I have to protect the football better,” Newton said of his three-interception performance. “I can’t throw the football up for grabs and have to understand the difference between giving my guys a chance or opportunity and risking the football. In the pocket, man I got to do better.”

Newton did finish 25 of 40 passing for 306 yards. He also complete two touchdown passes in garbage time.

But Newton came out of the loss even more battered than he entered it, a bad sign, given he already was dealing with the aforementioned foot and ankle injuries, not to mention a lingering rib injury suffered in the preseason as well as nagging thumb injury on his throwing hand.

All that in mind, Newton also was spotted stretching his groin or hamstring region during the game, which may or may not indicate another injury on an already-bruised, battered and beaten quarterback.

Still, Newton insists he’s fine, despite the rough night.

The Panthers need to figure out how to keep Newton upright as the offensive line play was deplorable at times on Monday night. Until then, along with Newton getting his health right, the prospects of Carolina (3-6-1), currently only one game behind in the win column to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South –but on a four-game losing streak — remaining relevant in the NFC are slim at best.

(photo credit: Panthers.com)