Cam Newton to Sit Week 1 Against Tampa Bay

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who suffered a hairline rib fracture in the preseason, will not start their Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday afternoon. 

This is some rather big news for a Panthers team looking to build off a division-winning 2013 campaign. Veteran journeyman Derek Anderson will start in Newton’s stead.

Needless to say, this changes the dynamics for both Carolina and Tampa Bay as they prepare to start their season. Anderson hasn’t started a regular season NFL game since 2010, the very same season he blew up at the media following an embarrassing loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.

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