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49ers-Panthers injury report: Cam Newton listed as questionable

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The Panthers will have Cam Newton, but likely will be without a d-line depth option

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The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their final practice of Week 1, and their injury report includes a couple notable names. Quarterback Cam Newton was a full participant in practice for the third straight day, but still gets the questionable tag.

The NFL has three injury categories: questionable, doubtful, and out. They used to have a probable tag that meant a player was 75 percent or more likely to play. However, teams would use that for players that were clearly going to play, and it was never really of much use.

The questionable tag means anybody with a 50 percent chance of playing or better, and in some ways that is even more ridiculous. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said as much in his end of week press conference. He told the media that the only reason Newton is listed as questionable is because the form requires a designation for a player who has been on the report that week. Rivera said he believes Newton is “ready to roll,” and he is “pretty confident in [newton’s] abilities” for Sunday.

The other notable name on the injury report is defensive tackle Vernon Butler. He was limited all week with a knee injury and is listed as doubtful. He only played in 21 percent of defensive snaps last year, but also missed six games. He is expected to be a part of their defensive line rotation, so his potential absence cuts into that depth.

Here’s the Panthers full injury report for Week 1.

Out

CB Cole Luke (ankle - DNP, DNP, DNP)
LB Jared Norris (groin - DNP, DNP, DNP)

Doubtful

DT Vernon Butler (knee - Limited, Limited, Limited)

Questionable

DE Daeshon Hall (knee - Full, Full, Full)
DT Kyle Love (ankle - Limited, DNP, Full)
QB Cam Newton (shoulder - Full, Full, Full)
WR Curtis Samuel (ankle - Full, Full, Full)