It looked like your typical quarterback sack. Cam Newton was darting around the pocket on a third-down play and got tripped up by Patriots defensive tackle Danny Shelton. The massive defensive tackle only needed his hands to help bring down Newton, sliding and at the same time wrangling Newton by his left ankle. 

But apparently something didn’t feel right with Newton, who limped off the field following the play and received medical attention. Newton seemed frustrated as doctors checked out his left foot. 

The Panthers ruled him out with a foot injury. He had completed 4 of 6 passes for 30 yards. Kyle Allen took over in the second quarter. 

Following the game, Newton was spotted in a walking boot. 

Coach Ron RIvera had nothing to add, but NFL Network believes the injury is not considered serious and the boot is for precautionary reasons. X-rays were negative and the injury is for now being called a sprain.

This seems like good news, just as it was good news that Newton was able to walk from the sideline to the locker room under his own power. However, the foot is attached to the same ankle he sprained twice in 2014 and then had significant surgery on after that season. He hadn’t hurt it since. 

For now there’s no reason to panic. The depth at quarterback should mean that you can find someone who went undrafted in your league in the event Newton’s issue is so serious that he misses Week 1 against the Rams. As of now, that seems unlikely, but in case you like to plan ahead, potential Week 1 replacements include Philip Rivers (vs. IND), Dak Prescott (vs. NYG), Jimmy Garoppolo (at TB), Matthew Stafford (at ARI) and … gulp … Joe Flacco (at OAK). 

And if you’re about to draft, you may choose to downgrade Newton, but he still should be viewed as a top eight Fantasy quarterback with top-three upside. You may even choose to pick Newton because he slips into Round 7 or 8 as others in the league are scared of what his injury means. And again, the quarterback depth is so rich that you can either select a second quarterback to go with Newton or wait until you’ll know his status for Week 1 and then look for one of the stop-gap options mentioned above. 

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