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Newton Declares He Will Play Week 1

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:52:00 +0000

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton declared Wednesday he will be ready to start week one of the NFL season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Newton fractured his ribs during last Friday's 30-7 preseason loss to New England. Despite the injury, Newton says it will not hinder his preparation for the season.

"No setback at all,'' Newton said. "I'm excited about the opportunity, and each day brings more confidence that I am close to 100 percent.''
The 25-year-old, who has not missed a regular season start with the Panthers since being drafted in 2011, will travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Carolina's final preseason game against the Steelers -- but will not play.

Last season, Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record, throwing for 3,379 yards, 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, while also rushing for six touchdowns.

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