CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton mentioned in a video weblog released Friday that he was hiding just how a great deal his left foot sprain was hurting prior to the season and that he will not return to the field till it is 100% healed.
Newton, who appeared in the video smoking a cigar and drinking a glass of wine, confirmed he suffered a mild Lisfranc sprain in the third preseason game against the New England Patriots and aggravated it in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week two.
The Panthers have referred to as the injury a midfoot sprain, which technically is a Lisfranc sprain.
Newton, who will miss his second consecutive game Sunday when the Panthers (1-two) go to the Houston Texans (two-1), did not place a timetable on his return.
“I’ve decided I will take time away from the game,” Newton, 30, mentioned in his 1st public comments due to the fact reinjuring the foot. “This is me getting the larger particular person and getting genuine with myself and saying, ‘Look, what is the ultimate aim you are attempting to achieve? Win the Super Bowl. OK, if you want to win the Super Bowl, this is the step you have got to take.’
“It could incredibly properly be a week. Or two weeks. It could be 3 weeks, it could be 4 weeks, it could be six weeks. But I have to fully grasp and know if it requires that time, I trust in this group that they will — we will — nonetheless be in a good circumstance by the time I get back.”
Newton admitted he almost certainly must have stepped aside prior to the opener, a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, to give the injury longer to heal.
“This is when I got in my personal way,” Newton mentioned. “For the reason that, automatically, I believed, ‘I’ve got to play Week 1. I cannot let my fans down. I’ve got to be there for my group.'”
Newton mentioned he realized throughout his pregame ritual, a jog about the stadium, ahead of the season opener that he could not run.
The 2015 NFL MVP has rushed for extra yards (four,806) than any quarterback due to the fact getting into the league in 2011, and he ranks third in NFL history behind Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham in rushing yards by a QB. But he rushed just 3 instances for a profession-low minus-two yards against the Rams. And in Week two, he had two carries for zero yards against Tampa Bay, slipping and falling quick on a fourth-and-1 carry.
“I was hiding an injury exactly where I could have very easily mentioned, ‘You know what, Coach, I do not believe I am prepared. Perhaps I want to type of take into consideration sitting this 1 out for the betterment [of the team],'” Newton mentioned.
The quarterback mentioned Carolina coaches asked if he was all suitable prior to the game, and he mentioned yes.
“With that Superman title, tag, I am, ‘Nah, Coach, I am great. Let me play,”’ mentioned Newton, recognized for his “Superman” celebrations due to the fact major Auburn to the 2010 national title.
But Newton realized throughout the opener and once more against Tampa Bay that he could not do regular factors such as operating and planting his left foot on comply with-throughs confidently sufficient to make correct throws.
He completed 49% of his passes in the loss to Tampa Bay and was made use of as a decoy on a possible game-winning fourth-down play at the aim line, when operating back Christian McCaffrey lined up in the Wildcat formation. McCaffrey was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the two.
“Even if somebody is not close to you, you are attempting to guard your foot,” Newton mentioned. “I do not want no one to touch it, I do not want no one to sack me. So all these factors are going on in my head in actual play.
“For so lengthy I played this game 1 way, I played this game the only way I know how to play. And at this distinct time, that No. 1 that is out there, that hasn’t been that identical particular person.”
Newton mentioned he realized when the selection was created final week to begin second-year, undrafted quarterback Kyle Allen against the Arizona Cardinals that it was time for him to concentrate on recovery.
Allen threw 4 touchdown passes and led the Panthers to a 38-20 victory in Arizona.
Newton mentioned he will do what ever he can to help Allen whilst rehabbing.
“This is the ultimate group sport,” Newton mentioned. “And I want to be the ideal player for this group. And suitable now I can not be the ideal player for this group if I have an injury that desires time for it to heal.”
Newton mentioned it “rejuvenated” him that he felt no stress from coach Ron Rivera or basic manager Marty Hurney to attempt to play by means of the injury when the selection came to shut him down.
“It requires the Superman out of it,” Newton mentioned. “I seriously did not want that mantra to be there. You really feel like you are immortal. You really feel you cannot do no incorrect. You really feel like you are this large, terrible guy, but truth be told, I am human. By way of this complete time, I am realizing this.”
Newton mentioned if he played now it would not be the “Cam Newton every person is accustomed to seeing.”
“I refuse for that to take place,” he added. “I’ve been undertaking that for two games. It really is difficult for me to watch film. It really is difficult for me to go about my each day life realizing I am getting held back by an ailment realizing that all I have to do is be suitable by [it].
“It really is difficult to come to grips with that selection or getting these solutions, but at the finish of the day, I’ve got to get suitable. I’ve got to get suitable.”