Do the Panthers even like Cam Newton from Melissa Underwood's blog

Yes, the timeline youve seen for this is correct. In Week 13, the Panthers benched Cam Newton for not wearing a tie on a road trip. In Week 14, Newton injured his shoulder against the Chargers, but the Panthers claimed his MRI showed no problems. He started the final three games.And on Tuesday, nearly 3 1/2 months after the injury, the team announced Newton was getting surgery for a torn rotator cuff and that the tear had been diagnosed in that MRI.That timeline is disturbing enough. Add it to the timeline David Parry Jersey of the rest of the regular season starting with the season opener in Denver and it's time to ask an important question:Do the Panthers even like Cam Newton?That's foolish, right? They must like him if they guaranteed him $60 million two years ago.But is this how you treat someone in whom you invested so much?MORE: Panthersstill have a glaring needThe Panthers have to do better than this. And "this"includes sending him out to start the rest of the season when the team was 5-8 and had the slimmest po sibility of making the playoffs and when it already had an important piece of their foundation, Luke Kuechly, out injured.Kuechly, by the way, sat the final two games even after he was cleared of the concu sion protocol from an ugly head injury a month earlier.Newton started both games.He started them even though, while the Panthers had said they had found no damage in his shoulder from Week 14, they in fact had seen the tear."Alternative facts,"NFL style.Fine. Lie to us.The public is used to it, and it expects nothing more from this league. But the Pantherslikely didnt lie to Newton they just let him play hurt in borderline-meaningle s games.Also remember this: It had been recommended (at least it Indianapolis Colts NFL Jersey was here)that it was already time to sit him down for the season, because his health was in danger from the NFL continuing to refuse to call obvious illegal hits on him.That was a season-long problem, again, starting with that Thursday night opener and continuing in the very next game after his injury, in Washington on Monday night, when he not only didnt draw a flag for a late helmet-to-helmet hit, but was penalized himself for taunting. Once again, a national audience saw a league operating with two sets of rules, for Newton and for every other marquee quarterback.It was made worse, though, by the Panthers reluctance for several weeks to condemn the officials, or even harshly question them, on Newtons behalf. Newton ended up going harder after the officials, after another late hit from the Cardinals, than his team ever did. (For that, not surprisingly, Newton was again called a Edwin Jackson Jersey "crybaby.")Worse? Reportedly, Newton talked the Panthers into letting him keep playing with the bad shoulder. Apparently, they havent seen enough video of Robert Griffin III yet to see why part of their job is to protect players from their over-aggre sive selves.However ... when Kuechly tried to talk his way back into the lineup, they refused. What?Finally, there's the little problem of the complete lack of protection Newton got all year from his offensive line, one of the worst performances by a unit of any team last season. The Panthers'early free-agent moves confirmed that.If youre building around your quarterback, you dont just cro s your fingers with his protection. (See also: Ru sell Wilson.)MORE: NFL's most improved OL unitsAll told, this is no way to treat a franchise quarterback.Believe this:The Packers arent screwing around with Aaron Rodgers health, nor the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, and so on, right up to the ultimate franchise centerpiece himself up in Foxborough. Those teams are not going wire-to-wire with those quarterbacks in December games that are barely important, if at all.For that matter, theyprobably are not flexing on those quarterbacksabout petty team dre s codes, either, which may or may not be another story entirely.Newton is the centerpiece of the Carolina Tevaun Smith Jersey franchise. Seven years in, isnt it time for the Panthersto start acting like it?

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