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The Carolina Panthers received a scare Thursday night when star quarterback Cam Newton exited in the first quarter with a lower-leg injury.

Newton was seen leaving Gillette Stadium in a walking boot after Carolina’s loss to the New England Patriots. An initial diagnosis indicated that Newton suffered a sprained foot.

Following the injury, Carolina was optimistic that Newton would be a go for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.

If what we heard from the team Sunday is any indication, that’s likely going to happen.

“Cam Newton came into the Panthers locker room without a walking boot on Sunday. Seemed moving well. Coach Ron Rivera says ‘’so far so good.’ Whether Newton gets on the field Monday will depend on what the medical staff in the morning but so far everything has been positive,” ESPN’s David Newton redported Sunday.

Some feared that Newton suffered a high-ankle sprain after being sacked late in the first quarter. That type of injury would have cost him the first couple weeks of the season.

The good news here is that Newton’s injury is less serious. Based on what we’re hearing, he should be ready for the regular season opener.

This has to be seen as a positive. Remember, Newton made his preseason debut last week after undergoing shoulder surgery. Injuries have certainly been an issue for the former MVP.

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