Panthers’ Newton leaves early with foot injury

Field Level Media

August 23, 2019 at 1:40 am.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton left the Panthers’ Thursday night preseason game against the host New England Patriots late in the first quarter due to a left foot injury.

Newton was hurt when he was sacked after scrambling in the pocket, during his third series of the game. He limped off the field, and trainers looked at his foot on the sideline before taking him back to the locker room. The team announced shortly afterward he would not return.

Newton was making his preseason debut, his game first action since having shoulder surgery in the offseason. He went 4 of 6 for 30 yards, taking two sacks, before departing.

Backup Kyle Allen replaced Newton.

Newton, 30, is entering his ninth NFL season. The NFL MVP in 2015, last season he completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games, missing the final two due to the shoulder injury.

The Panthers open the regular season Sept. 8 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.