Cam Newton has been cleared from the NFL's concussion program and can play Sunday when Carolina visits New Orleans.
The team said Saturday in a short statement that Newton had passed the league's concussion protocol. Previously, Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said the quarterback and 2015 league MVP was expected to start against the Saints "barring a setback."
Newton participated fully in practice Friday, but still had to meet with an independent doctor before being cleared to play.
Newton hasn't spoken to reporters since suffering a concussion on Oct. 2 against the Falcons. The Panthers are 1-4 and have lost three straight games. They play in New Orleans against the Saints (1-3).
The Washington Redskins will be without tight end Jordan Reed for their NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The team announced Saturday that Reed was downgraded from questionable to out because of a concussion. … Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) has been listed as questionable to play at Chicago on Sunday. …