The Facts: While Newton said during Super Bowl week he will “absolutely” be in Carolina this year, owner David Tepper maintained that there isn’t much to discuss about Newton’s future until they know he’s healthy. “Listen, I’m not a doctor,” Tepper told the Associated Press. “I’ve said it a million times. Is he healthy? He’s not a doctor. There’s a lot of different things that can happen, but first is, is he healthy? Tell me that and then we can talk.”
Diehards Line:As previously noted, when GM Marty Hurney was asked about Newton's status last week, Hurney would only say that Newton is rehabbing from surgery to repair the foot injury that ended his 2019 season. As PFT pointed out today, it’s not clear what date the Panthers have in mind to make a call on Newton’s health and firm up their plans for the quarterback position in 2020 and it seems unlikely that their answers are going to change until they reach it.