Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Wednesday that “there’s no doubt” he will be starting when the Panthers open the regular season on September 7 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton suffered a rib injury in the team’s Week 3 preseason game against the New England Patriots on August 22.
“My body feels better. It’s been a great process,” Newton said. “There was soreness like any other injury. It’s obvious that my ribs were hurting, but I’m moving forward and trying to stay positive and optimistic about this whole process. It’s given me an even greater focus on healing my ankle at the same time.”
Newton will travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Steelers.
“I try to impact this team as much as possible with whatever is expected or asked of me, whether it’s treating my body, talking to the rookies or getting lectured by myself or by my coaches,” Newton said. “It’s no setback at all. I’m going to control the things that I can control. I’m excited about the opportunity, and each day brings me more confidence that I am getting closer to 100 percent.”