Panthers’ Cam Newton listed as questionable for season opener

Cam Newton remains on the mend.

The Panthers quarterback is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report ahead of the regular-season opener Sunday against the 49ers, but coach Ron Rivera still expects his starter to be under center.

“As far as injuries go, Eric Berry looks like he has an Achilles tendon potential tear,” Reid said (via the team’s website). “We’ll find out more after his MRI and that whole deal.”If Berry’s Achilles is torn it will end his season, marking another bump in the road for the talented defender who all but shut down Rob Gronkowski Thursday.

He’ll undergo an MRI on Friday, the team said.

Berry, the highest-paid safety in the league this season, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Dec. 8, 2014, but returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2015. He then built on that season by earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2016 after finishing with four interceptions and two touchdowns.

Though Berry has never had more than 92 tackles in a season, he has been a star contributor at all levels of the defense over his six-year career.

“When an assistant coach becomes a head coach, it’s different,” Hurney told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio during Panthers training camp. “I’ve heard a lot of guys say, ‘Man, when can I get back just to coaching ball?’

“It’s the same as a general manager. It’s not fantasy football. You’re not just picking guys. You have so many other things to address. There’s a lot of balls in the air at once.”nike_cardinals_1604

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