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Quarterback Cam Newton will miss the Carolina Panthers’ final preseason game after an MRI on Sunday revealed a hairline fracture in his ribs. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton will be evaluated at the end of the week, but expects the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be ready for Carolina’s Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay. Newton did not speak with reporters, but walked gingerly to and from the practice field. Newton was hit after scrambling from the pocket in Carolina’s preseason game Friday night against New England. The injury came one day after Rivera talked about Newton needing to get down and slide and avoid hits in the open field. Newton was wearing a flak jacket at the time, but was hit in a small opening where there isn’t any protection.



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