Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Newton Practices, Plans to Play Sunday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Newton Practices, Plans to Play Sunday

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he's feeling great and "absolutely" expects to start in Carolina's home opener, Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

"It's great to be out there grinding with the entire team and not have any restraints," Newton said.

He fully participated in practice Wednesday and threw the ball with good velocity although coach Ron Rivera said the fourth-year quarterback's timing on his passes is still a bit of a concern.

Wearing a thick, protective flak jacket, Newton took the majority of reps with the first-team offense as expected and didn't seem to have any problems throwing, Rivera said.

Rivera said he expects Newton to start against the Lions after missing the season opener at Tampa Bay because of a rib injury and he didn't waffle on that decision Wednesday.

Derek Anderson filled in for Newton and threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 20-14.

Browns * No. 1 running back Ben Tate will miss Sunday's home opener, against New Orleans, because of a sprained knee, moving rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell up the depth chart.

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said Tate "will miss some time." He did not provide any details on the injury. Tate was injured during the first half in the season-opening loss at Pittsburgh. In his absence, West and Crowell performed well. West, a third-round draft pick from Towson, rushed for 100 yards. Crowell, an undrafted free agent from Alabama State, scored two touchdowns. Pettine said West will start.

He also said Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron reinjured his right shoulder against the Steelers. Pettine said Cameron and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) will both be limited in practice and are day to day.

Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas was not at practice, and the team did not have a reason for him to be missing.

Cardinals * Outside linebacker John Abraham left the club and is considering retiring. Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Abraham, the game's active sacks leader and ninth on the NFL's career list with 133, has been granted a leave of absence.

The team obtained a roster exemption, using it to re-sign linebacker Marcus Benard.

Abraham, 36, suffered a concussion in Monday night's 18-17 season- opening victory over San Diego. But Arians said he had a long talk with Abraham on Tuesday and the concussion was not the main reason the player was considering leaving the game.

Abraham, in his 15th NFL season, has five days under NFL rules before the Cardinals must either reinstate him or declare him out for the season.

Chargers * Nick Hardwick's 11th NFL season ended after only 15 plays. His career might be over, too, after San Diego put the veteran center on injured reserve because of a recurring neck stinger.

Hardwick is 33 and in the final year of his contract. …

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