The Carolina Panthers announced on Monday (9/23) that Cam Newton will not be playing in this Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Kyle Allen, who led the Panthers to their first win of the season last weekend, will start at quarterback for the second week in a row.
Newton re-injured his left foot in Week 2 against Tampa Bay and was unable to practice in the week leading up to this past Sunday’s 38-20 victory at Arizona. Newton originally sprained his left foot in the third week of the preseason against New England.
In a statement to the media, head coach Ron Rivera said, “What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return. At this point, we’re going to go forward with Kyle as our starter.”
Kyle Allen appears to be a good plan-B for Carolina. The second-year backup QB played very well in only his second pro start, throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions. It’s easy to get excited by numbers like that, but Allen will need to take more snaps before he truly proves himself.
What I and many other Panthers fans are wondering is whether the coaching staff and front office are looking at Kyle Allen’s playing time as simply filling in for an injured teammate or as an audition for the starting job.