Panthers QB Cam Newton practices while Redskins TE Jordan Reed has concussion

Cam Newton
Cam Newton has not played since sustaining a concussion Oct. 2 in a game against the Falcons.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton practiced for the second straight day, another indicator the league’s reigning MVP will likely play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. 

Newton missed Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 2.

Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said that tight end Jordan Reed has been diagnosed with a concussion Meanwhile, Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said that tight end Jordan Reed has been diagnosed with a concussion 

Newton has struggled this season, but playing New Orleans could prove to be a perfect elixir. Newton has thrown 10 touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games against the Saints. 


Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, also practiced for the second straight day on Thursday. 

Reed, meanwhile, missed his second straight practice on Thursday. This marks the sixth diagnosed concussion in Reed’s professional and college career. 

Gruden said Reed must be cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol before returning to practice or play in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. 

“We let the independent doctor and our doctors decide on how severe (the concussions) are. That’s all I can say,” Gruden said. 


“He’s a very important part of our offense, but we also want him to get better from a personal standpoint.” 


Quarterback Cody Kessler has recovered enough from an injury to his chest and ribs to start Sunday’s game at Tennessee. The winless Browns already started three different quarterbacks and played five in five games this season. … Miami Dolphins rookie guard Laremy Tunsil said he expects to play Sunday after missing last week’s game when he hurt himself coming out of the shower. Tunsil said he sprained his right ankle hours before the start of Sunday’s 30-17 loss to Tennessee. ...

Former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for fraud. Voigt was convicted of bank fraud in February in a scam that prosecutors say bilked investors out of millions of dollars. … Fulton Walker, the first player to score on a Super Bowl kickoff return, has died at the age of 58 in his hometown of Martinsburg, West Virginia. The Miami Dolphins said Walker died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. Walker scored for the Dolphins on a 98-yard kickoff return in the 1983 Super Bowl. His touchdown put Miami ahead, but the Washington Redskins rallied to win, 27-17. 

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