The Carolina Panthers announced on Tuesday that All-Pro quarterback, Cam Newton, was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a foot injury. Newton, 30, sustained a foot injury during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a loss. The injury limited Newton to two games in 2019 before sitting out the last six games.
“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “He saw two-foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.”
With his season over, the future of Newton’s career in Carolina is a significant question moving forward. He has one year left on his contract and is owed $21.1 million against the 2020 salary cap. If the Panthers decides to move on, the team could save up to $19.1 million in cap space.
Newton leads the Panthers in career touchdown passes (182) and rushing touchdowns (58). He is the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns, the most in league history. Newton is also third on the NFL’s all-time rushing list for quarterbacks with 4,806 yards. Michael Vick leads the way with 6,109, followed by Randall Cunningham with 4,928.