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    • CommentAuthorGustafsson
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2020 edited
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. This was not the return to the field that Cam Newton was hoping to make.The Carolina Panthers quarterback left Thursday night10-3 exhibition loss to the New England Patriots in the first quarter with a foot injury that left him grimacing on the sideline .The 2015 MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, when the team shut him down for the last two games of the season because of shoulder fatigue that prevented him from throwing the ball downfield. He had arthroscopic surgery in January and did not play in the first two preseason games.Article continues below ...Newton appeared to be injured when he was sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Adam Butler on a third-and-10 from the Carolina 31. It was one of two times Newton was sacked.Newton was initially evaluated on the sideline and quickly accompanied to the locker room and did not return.He didnt speak with reporters after the game but could be seen staring at the ground and wore a boot as he walked from the locker room toward the team bus.He got sacked, thatabout all I saw, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.Asked if Newtoninjury affects his opinion on the number of exhibition of games, Rivera said itin the hands of the league.Ittough. Itpart of the game, unfortunately, Rivera said.Kyle Allen took over at quarterback.The Panthers were pedestrian on offense and went three-and-out in each of their first two series of the night. Newton went 4-for-6 for 30 yards.Tom Brady finished his first exhibition game of 2019 by going 8-for-12 for 75 yards , including an 18-yard pass to tight end Ryan Izzo to set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by James Develin. It was the starting offensefinal series.Brady did it with a skeleton crew at receiver. Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, NKeal Harry and Demaryius Thomas all sat out. But undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers continued to help open the field, catching seven passes for 74 yards.