Report: Cam Newton has Lisfranc injury, could be out ‘awhile’
The news surrounding Cam Newton’s foot injury has taken a turn for the worse, as multiple outlets have reported that the Carolina Panthers quarterback is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. In light of that reported diagnosis, the belief is Newton could be out for some time.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network and Joe Person of The Athletic both reported the nature of Newton’s injury on Tuesday morning.
#Panthers QB Cam Newton is believed to be dealing with a Lisfranc injury, I'm told. Plan for now is to keep rehabbing in hopes of returning and avoiding surgery, but it could be awhile until he's back on the field. Kyle Allen's show until then. (@josephperson 1st)— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 24, 2019
With Panthers QB Cam Newton out indefinitely with a Lisfranc injury, per sources, the job could be Kyle Allen's for a while.— Joe Person (@josephperson) September 24, 2019
As noted, the plan at this point is for Newton to continue rehabbing the injury in the hope that surgery will not be needed.
Newton originally suffered the foot injury during the Panthers’ third preseason game on Aug. 22. He re-aggravated what was originally diagnosed as a left mid-foot sprain in the Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and sat out last Sunday as Kyle Allen led the team to a 38-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Panthers stumbled to an 0-2 record with Newton, who appeared to show signs that he’s not fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.
The team’s offense, it merits noting, looked significantly more dynamic with Allen running the show on Sunday. That’s certainly encouraging for the Panthers in light of the belief that Newton may not see the field again for some time. Further, it allows the Panthers to be patient with Newton as he recovers, so long as Allen’s solid play continues.
On the other hand, the notion that Newton is yet again battling an injury certainly does not bode well for a 30-year-old quarterback who cannot seem to stay healthy.