FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton left Thursday night’s exhibition game against New England in the first quarter with a foot injury.
The team announced that he would not return.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn’t offer any update after the game saying only: “He’s in a walking boot. That’s all I can tell you.”
The 2015 NFL MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, when the team shut him down for the last two games of the season because of shoulder fatigue that prevented him from throwing the ball downfield. He had arthroscopic surgery in January and did not play in the first two preseason games.
Newton appeared to be injured when he was sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Adam Butler on a third-and-10 from the Carolina 31. It was one of two Patriots sacks while Newton was in the game.
“We’re hoping it is not too bad,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told the team’s radio network after the game. “We’ll find out more (on Friday). But I hope it’s not too bad.”
Kyle Allen took over at quarterback in the second quarter.