It seems the Carolina Panthers are up for a huge break since various reports have indicated that Cam Newton will return as starting quarterback for the Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints. These rumors emerged after the quarterback was seen during the team's practice session on Wednesday.
Newton was absent during the Panthers' Week 5 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he was placed on concussion protocol following the game against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 2.
During the Week 5 game, backup quarterback Derek Anderson stepped in for Newton. However, the organization is not too happy with Anderson's performance because aside from the loss, the athlete turned over the ball three times.
Given the fact that the Panthers have only one win so far in the season and are coming from a three-game losing streak, the Carolina organization are feeling a bit desperate in changing their situation. In other words, they need Newton back on the field.
Fans of the Panthers got a glimmer of hope earlier this week after the franchise QB was spotted at practice with the rest of the team. Although this suggests that he is physically capable of being active again, this is still not a solid indication that he has been given the clearance to play this Sunday against the Saints.
As noted by NFL.com, Newton's mobility during the practice routine was a bit limited and he is still under concussion protocol. Although he appeared with his helmet and cleats, it is still not yet clear if he will be allowed to play in Week 6.
But, since Oct. 16 is still a couple of days away, there's also a chance that Newton's condition will greatly improve before Sunday's match. If things go well for the athlete and the team, then Panthers fans can expect to see Newton leading the team in the upcoming game.
However, if he's still unable to play, then the Carolina franchise will most likely stick with Anderson for one more game. But, if mistakes and fumbles still continue to plague him, then the Panthers might pull him out in favor of third-string QB Joe Webb.