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Will Grier could be Active for the Panthers in Week 3

Aug 8, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier (3) passes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports
Written by Caleb Wygal

With Cam Newton’s health in question, will Grier is closer to seeing his first NFL Regular Season action.

Tuesday morning brought a surprise at Carolina Panthers’ practice: the absence of Cam Newton. If he’s unable to play this weekend, Will Grier will likely be activated for the first time in his career.

Cam Newton played in one game during the Preseason, but left it with a foot injury. He missed the exhibition finale (but then again, most starting quarterbacks were in street clothes in the fourth game) with the injury, but was cleared to play in Week 1. The Panthers have started the season 0-2, and Newton has looked like a shadow of his former MVP self. He has been the most inaccurate passer in the NFL the first two weeks, with over 30% of his passes being deemed uncatchable.

He also hasn’t run the ball, which is what kept defenses on their toes in previous years. He missed practice on Tuesday because he reaggravated his foot injury, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

His status for Week 3 at Arizona is unknown at the moment, but Rivera said that Kyle Allen would start if Newton can’t go.

That would mean that Will Grier would dress as a backup to Allen and be Active for the first time in the Regular Season during his young career.


Cam Newton missed practice again on Wednesday, so it looks increasingly like he will not play, meaning Grier will suit up.

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Caleb Wygal

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