CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will start Sunday’s game at New Orleans barring a setback in the concussion protocol, coach Ron Rivera said Friday.
Newton still has to get final clearance from an independent physician, but that appears to be a formality after the reigning MVP was a full participant in practice the past two days.
Rivera said Newton is expected to meet with the independent physician Friday.
Running back Jonathan Stewart will also start after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.
Those who won’t play are starting left tackle Michael Oher (concussion), cornerback James Bradberry (toe), cornerback Robert McClain (hamstring), defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (foot).