On Monday, Panthers Coach Ron Rivera confirmed that Cam Newton will not be starting this coming Sunday due to an ongoing foot injury. We are now learning that his injury is much worse than previously thought and he may be out for much longer than just this week.
In spite of rumors that Cam’s injury was nothing more than a sprain, multiple sources have now confirmed that the starting QB is suffering from a Lisfranc injury.
With Panthers QB Cam Newton out indefinitely with a Lisfranc injury, per sources, the job could be Kyle Allen’s for a while.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) September 24, 2019
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
“Lisfranc (midfoot) injuries result if bones in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn. The severity of the injury can vary from simple to complex, involving many joints and bones in the midfoot.
A Lisfranc injury is often mistaken for a simple sprain, especially if the injury is a result of a straightforward twist and fall. However, injury to the Lisfranc joint is not a simple sprain that should be simply “walked off.” It is a severe injury that may take many months to heal and may require surgery to treat.”
Depending on whether or not Cam undergoes surgery for the injury, he may be out for the next several weeks, to the next several months.
Last week, Panthers backup QB Kyle Allen completed 19-for-26 passes with a total of 261 yards, including 4 touchdowns and a 144.4 passer rating.