Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may not be available for Week 1 of the regular season due to a hairline fracture in one of his ribs. Newton suffered the injury Friday night against the Patriots. Head coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Newton is "very, very sore" and that his status for the season-opening game against the Buccaneers won't be determined until next week.
Here's another example why you should try as hard as possible to avoid drafting your leagues until the final week of the preseason at the earliest. Newton already has enough negatives contributing to his fantasy value -- a poor offensive line, an almost entirely brand-new receiving corps, a slow recovery from offseason ankle surgery -- and now he has to deal with this.
Newton will play against the Bucs if he can stand the pain. However, that pain will probably limit the chances he takes as a rusher. He is the seventh QB drafted on average, and his stock should be dropping. That may turn him into a value pick, but considering the impressive depth at the position, all of these concerns will definitely keep me away from Cam.