CHARLOTTE, NC (WIS) - With the Carolina Panthers eliminated from playoff contention, the team has opted to shut down Cam Newton for the final two games of the year.
Newton (shoulder) was 16-of-29 passing for 131 yards with an interception in Carolina’s 12-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. The Panthers currently own a six-game losing streak.
“I think the frustration comes when you do any and every thing to make sure your body is at peak performance,” Newton told reporters after Monday’s game. “From cardio, treatment, practice, film, cardio, treatment, practice, film, it’s been repetition. And I think it’s disheartening for me just because so much invested time that you put in. And I don’t want to play the ‘Woe Is Me’ game, but we’ve got to be better. I’ve got to be better.”
During that streak, Newton has completed just over 69 percent of his passes in that span with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Newton also has been sacked 17 times in that stretch. In the last two weeks, the former Auburn star has not thrown a touchdown.
Taylor Heinicke will take snaps at quarterback as the Panthers prepare to face Atlanta at home on Dec. 23.