ESPN's David Newton reports that Cam Newton has been medically cleared to start next Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs. Newton, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery, has been limited thus far in camp as he struggled with ankle pains. Newton was also cleared by doctors to run the read-option in practice. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that there will be "no limits" on Newton going forward in camp.
Newton needs a piece of good news to come his way. With WRs Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell gone, an entirely new group of receivers replacing them, and the ankle recovery hobbling him in camp, Newton's stock is as low as it has been since his rookie season. He's being taken as the eighth quarterback off draft boards. Last year, he saw his rushing numbers decline somewhat severely, and if his ankle is not 100 percent, he won't have the rushing upside that's helped him finish in the top ten among fantasy quarterbacks in each of his three NFL seasons. Prospective owners will have a chance to assess Newton's health for themselves next Sunday when the Panthers play the Chiefs in a nationally televised game.