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If Newton is unable to play, then backup Kyle Allen will get his second career NFL start.
Once again, Cam Newton not practicing today. Kyle Allen time coming.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2019
Despite telling reporters he wouldn't address Newton's status, coach Ron Rivera was pressed about his availability and left his press conference early.
Ron Rivera’s press conference went for less than 3 minutes. Says he’s happy to discuss Arizona and any Cardinals questions, but repeatedly asked about Cam Newton and his availability, leaves early.
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) September 19, 2019
Newton aggravated a foot injury last Thursday against the Buccaneers and has been limited in practice since. Allen has been taking the first-team reps in practice this week and said, if Newton isn't ready to go when the team travels to Arizona, that he is ready to step up. Newton has been in a walking boot this week.
While the Panthers haven't said if Newton will be out for Week 3, Allen especially is excited about this game, since he is a Scottsdale native and will face off against former Texas A&M teammates Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk should he get the start.
"Yeah, I mean, it’s wild," Allen said, via the Panthers' website. "I think it’s super interesting how it all has come full circle."
Allen stepped in for the Panthers one time before — when Newton was shut down at the end of last season for the final two games. Taylor Heinicke started against the Falcons, only to break his arm midway through the game. Allen, who had just been signed off the practice squad, took over for Heinicke, then finished the regular season against the Saints as his first NFL start.
Against New Orleans, Allen completed 16 of 27 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown in the 33-14 win.
“It was all so fast. It was like, ‘All right, I’m in an NFL game. I was on my couch eight weeks ago,’” Allen said. “This year is more like, 'All right, I’ve been preparing for this.'”