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A week from today, we’ll get the first injury reports from the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers for Week 1 of the regular season.

When we do, all eyes will be on the Panthers’ side to see if it includes one name: QB Cam Newton.

Newton injured his foot against the New England Patriots last Thursday in the Panthers’ third preseason game and was wearing a walking boot after. Yesterday though, Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera disclosed that Newton is out of the boot and that there was “no doubt in my mind” that Newton would “be ready” for the season opener:

Rivera smiles about Cam Newton not being in a boot today – “it means he’s progressing.”
Ron Rivera said there is “no doubt in my mind” that Cam Newton will be ready for the season opener against the Rams. Newton had a good workout and threw well today, Rivera said.

Newton is all but certain not to play on Thursday when the Panthers close out their preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So we won’t get anything concrete on his foot’s readiness until that injury report.

Until then, we’ll have to rely on Rivera’s lack of doubt that Cammy Cam will be good to go in a week and a half.

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers have signed long snapper Andrew DePaola to get them through the fourth and final preseason game against Pittsburgh.

DePaola is a veteran who has played for three different teams since 2014, and he’ll fill in for Carolina’s longtime snapper J.J. Jansen. DePaola was most recently with the Raiders, playing in the 2018 season opener before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

“J.J.’s left hand has been bothering him and we decided to sign a snapper and hold J.J. out tomorrow night as a precaution,” general manager Marty Hurney said.

The Panthers had an open roster spot after placing defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (quad) on injured reserve. Carolina also reached injury settlements with guard Norman Price and linebacker Jonathan Celestin, who were both on IR.

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