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Cam Newton’s status remains uncertain

Cam Newton’s status remains uncertain
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is hit by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) after pushing for a first down on Oct. 2. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Cam Newton's status for next Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is uncertain, Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Rivera said that last year's NFL most valuable player met with doctors but offered no update on the quarterback's progress after he was knocked out of Sunday's 48-33 loss to the Atlanta Falcons because of a concussion.

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Rivera last spoke to Newton after the game at the Georgia Dome and said Newton told him, "I'm fine."

On Monday Rivera said, "I have no idea what has come out of the meeting with the doctors."

Newton inexplicably slowed down nearing the goal line on a two-point conversion run and took a legal hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones.

Where's Brady?

With his four-game Deflategate suspension completed, Tom Brady was eligible to step back into the New England Patriots' team facility for the first time in a month.

But if he was there, no one was willing to say.

It's possible Brady may have not been in the building. Though both he and defensive end Rob Ninkovich, whose four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances ended Monday, were allowed to be back, it was unclear when the team would have to make room on its 53-man roster to accommodate their returns.

Coach Bill Belichick was less than forthcoming when he was asked that question during a teleconference.

"I don't have an exact answer for that right this second," he said. "Why don't you call the league and ask them? I'm sure they have the answers."

Etc.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman won't play again this season after suffering a torn left Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, his second significant injury in three years. Bowman blew out his left knee in the 2013 NFC championship game and sat out the 2014 season. ...

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered a ruptured right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's victory over the Panthers, probably ending his season. Weatherspoon, the Falcons' first-round draft pick in 2010, sat out the 2014 season because of a torn left Achilles' tendon. ...

Cleveland Browns center Austin Reiter will be sidelined the remainder of the season after suffering a left knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins. ...

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was arrested Sunday morning at Miami International Airport on suspicion of having a concealed weapon after authorities say TSA workers found a loaded gun in his backpack. Bradham, who has a concealed weapons permit, told workers he forgot the gun was in the bag. ...

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is suffering from a mild hamstring strain, leaving uncertain his status for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. ...

A day after they gave up a 67-yard punt return for the winning touchdown in a 27-20 loss to the Houston Texas, the Tennessee Titans fired special teams coordinator Bobby April. Special teams assistant Steve Hoffman will take over April's duties. ...

TV analyst and former Oakland Raiders defensive end Howie Long joined other proponents of an NFL stadium in Las Vegas at an event staged to rally support for a plan to build the $750-million facility with public money. Speakers called the stadium an important opportunity for Las Vegas.

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