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Cam Newton foot injury not improving, headed for another opinion

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is struggling to get healthy. We break down the fantasy football implications around his foot injury.

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers looks on from the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers might be looking at a full season of Kyle Allen as their starting quarterback. Cam Newton injured his foot in the preseason and aggravated the injury in Week 2. Seven weeks later, he is still rehabbing and not seeing improvement, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He is headed to see Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay to get a better handle on the condition. Rapoport described a return to football as “a long way off.”

Fantasy football analysis: Panthers QBs Cam Newton, Kyle Allen

The Panthers were thumped by the 49ers last week, but prior to that had been on a roll. Allen has had two strong fantasy performances, with four touchdowns in his debut against Arizona and two more against Tampa Bay in London three weeks ago. He’s not a guy you start at this point unless you’re desperate and the situation is just right. When Carolina hosts Atlanta in Week 11 and Washington in Week 13, there will be some opportunities there.

The big question for Newton is his long term future with the Panthers. He’s due $18.6 million in 2020, and while that’s not crazy money for a quarterback, you have to wonder if the Panthers will look to move on from him after this season. They would take a $2 million dead money hit, per Over The Cap. He’d be a pretty huge name on the market, so a trade would make more sense. But, that’s still a long ways off. If you own him in a dynasty or keeper league, he’s still worth holding onto.