The Panthers have precluded quarterback Cam Newton for Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers.
Newton didn’t practice all week in the wake of anguish a blackout in Carolina’s Week 4 loss. He has stayed in concussion protocol since then Derek Anderson will assume control over the offense in Newton’s absence. Anderson has a pleasant history against Tampa Bay; he crushed the Bucs twice in 2014 while filling in for a harmed Cam.
The Panthers will likewise be without left handle Michael Oher (blackout), running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), defensive handle Vernon Butler (lower leg) and cornerback James Bradberry (foot). Linebacker Thomas Davis (hamstring), protective end Charles Johnson (quad) and fullback Mike Tolbert (hamstring) are listed as questionable. However, mentor Ron Rivera “feels great” about their odds of playing.
Over the field, the Buccaneers will probably be without their top two running backs and a lot of their cautious line.
Doug Martin (hamstring), Charles Sims (knee), Robert Ayers (lower leg), Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) are all listed as suspicious. Tight end Luke Stocker (lower leg) is additionally suspicious, while full collector Cecil Shorts (hamstring) has been precluded.
Among the Bucs listed as questionable are cornerback Brent Grimes (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (hip), center Evan Smith (back) defensive end Noah Spence (shoulder). Spence was limited Saturday after sitting out a week of practice.
Martin and Sims’ conceivable absences will demonstrate a significant opportunity for reinforcement is running back Jacquizz Rodgers, averaged 5.3 yards per carry this season.