CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers, seeing no clear timetable for Cam Newton to return from a foot damage, on Tuesday positioned their franchise quarterback on season-ending injured reserve.

Newton aggravated the Lisfranc damage, initially suffered within the third preseason sport, in a Week 2 loss in opposition to Tampa Bay. He has not markedly improved from rehabilitation.

After Newton visited with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday in Inexperienced Bay, Wisconsin, administration determined that it will be greatest for the quarterback and the group to close down the 2015 NFL MVP for the remainder of the season.

“For the previous seven weeks, Cam has diligently adopted a program of relaxation and rehab and nonetheless is experiencing ache in his foot,” basic supervisor Marty Hurney mentioned in a press release. “He noticed two foot specialists final week who agreed that he ought to proceed that path prescribed by the group’s medical employees, and that it probably will take important time for the damage to completely heal.

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“We’ve mentioned all alongside that it’s not possible to place a timetable on this damage. No one is extra annoyed with that reality than Cam.”

Earlier than this damage, the primary choose of the 2011 draft had missed solely three begins in seven years.

The Panthers will transfer ahead with second-year undrafted quarterback Kyle Allen, who’s 5-1 because the starter this season and 6-1 in his profession. Newton had misplaced eight straight video games courting again to final season.

Newton, 30, has one 12 months left on his contract. He’s scheduled to depend $21.1 million in opposition to the 2020 wage cap. Ought to the group resolve to maneuver on from him after this season, it will clear $19.1 million in cap house.

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Newton leads the Panthers in profession landing passes (182) and dashing touchdowns (58). He’s the primary quarterback in NFL historical past with a minimum of 50 dashing touchdowns, probably the most in league historical past.

He’s third on the NFL’s all-time dashing record for quarterbacks with four,806 yards. Michael Vick leads the way in which with 6,109, adopted by Randall Cunningham with four,928.

“He is one of many fiercest rivals I have been round throughout my 20-plus years within the League,” Hurney mentioned. “Presently, we now have determined that one of the best determination to achieve the aim of bringing the foot again to 100 % is to position Cam on injured reserve.”