"I needed to see that me at 80 percent was not OK", Newton said.
Newton reaggravated the Lisfranc injury in a Week 2 loss and hasn't played since.
The Panthers placed him on injured reserve on November 5, which raises questions of why it took so long for Newton to elect to go the surgical route.
SportsLine isn't as high on the Garrett-to-Carolina scenario (10-1 odds), perhaps because of an NFL Network report last month that Garrett would prefer to coach the Giants if things don't work out with the Cowboys.More news: Qatar placed in Group B at Copa America 2020
If an owner is looking for an esteemed person to take over and perform a culture change, Rivera's Wednesday presser could give a window into a potential future, with the ex-coach coming off well, and somehow pulling off an oddity: Winning a post-firing presser.
The 57-year-old Rivera's position came under fierce scrutiny after the Panthers crashed to a 29-21 home defeat against 3-9 Washington on Sunday. David Tepper's termination of Rivera's contract ends a nine-year association with the team. The Panthers were hoping Newton would be back at full strength after the offseason, but the quarterback only played in two games this season. "Our problems didn't start until when?" "The people. We brought in good men, good coaches".
Rivera also mentioned that he knows what Newton is capable of, "We saw previous year until the Pittsburgh game what a healthy Cam can do".
Newton reacted to the news on his Instagram account.More news: Motorola One Hyper launched: Check price, full specs, features, availability
"Hopefully, Cam's healthy", Tepper said Tuesday. They know what I like and what I don't like. The quarterback is slated to make $18.6 million during the 2020 season. Should the team decide to move on from him after this season, it would clear $19.1 million in cap space.
"So many fond memories", he said. They're not just assuming.
I've never really thought about farewell press conferences in those terms, in part because typically teams don't put coaches in front of a microphone after they've fired them. "For me to have that type of presence, it just reminds me that.it's right".More news: Nunes Launches $435 Million Lawsuit Against CNN Over Ukraine Story