Newton still not throwing but shows elusive moves

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not throw at practice for the third consecutive day, but he showed that he still has some elusive moves during training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg.

While serving as a bit of roving coach Thursday, Newton managed to avoid the media and questions about the soreness in his right shoulder that has limited his participation.

Newton fled the practice field on a utility cart, speeding away from the approaching press in reverse before shifting into drive and heading toward the locker rooms. Fellow quarterback Joe Webb was riding in the back.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his approach is all about being “cautious” with the franchise quarterback. “Why push it? Why have him throw with a sore arm and make it worse?” Rivera said. “It made no sense to have him throw with a sore shoulder.”

Rivera said a change in the offensive scheme means Newton will run less this season, but that was before Newton’s nagging right shoulder issue that has prevented him from throwing passes for three straight training camp workouts.

Newton had surgery on his right shoulder and was also given a rest day on Sunday, meaning he hasn’t thrown at four of the past five practices. He fully participates in non-passing drills and either pumps the ball or ends the drill when he’s participating in drills that call for the quarterback to throw.

Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers

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