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Rivera walks out of press conference when asked about Cam (0:46)
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Rivera walks out on reporters over Cam queries

Panthers coach Ron Rivera ended his news conference early Thursday after reporters kept asking him questions about quarterback Cam Newton's status.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey has complete confidence in quarterback Kyle Allen's ability to lead the Panthers' offense. ‘'I know what he can do. I know he can play.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner attributed Cam Newton's lack of running the first two games more to the way the defense is playing the read-option than a sore foot. He didn't come out and say Kyle Allen will start on Sunday but admitted it's not ideal Newton isn't participating in practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Non-Cam Newton injury update: Panthers DL Kawann Short (shoulder) and OLB Bruce Irvin (hamstring) working on the side today. Looks like Irvin will miss his third straight game. Short's status for Sunday after three non practice days has to be questionable, which could mean Vernon Butler is active for the first time this season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

For the third straight day the Panthers begin practice without Cam Newton (foot). Appears Kyle Allen will get the start on Sunday at Arizona even though Ron Rivera said on Wednesday he wasn't ready to make anything official. But the vibe all week has been Allen will get his second career start. Stay tuned.

Orlovsky confident the Steelers can bounce back from 0-2 (2:04)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't ready to rule Cam Newton (foot) out, but he said Kyle Allen had a really good day in practice. Tight end Greg Olsen sounded as though he was prepared for Allen to start Sunday at Arizona. "He's got a great demeanor. We have a lot of confidence in him,'' Olsen said. ‘' . . . It's going to be up to the rest of us to do our part.''

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Allen is excited about the potential to start on Sunday for the Panthers at Arizona, which for the Scottsdale native is a homecoming. He's never played in the Cardinals' stadium, something he's always dreamed of doing. And no In-N-Out burgers for him. ‘' Got to keep it clean two days before the game,'' Allen said.

Stephen A. isn't giving up on Cam yet (1:56)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Officially, no Cam Newton (foot) at Panthers practice for the second straight day. Ron Rivera seemed resigned on Tuesday that Kyle Allen (above) would start against Arizona with third-round pick Will Grier his backup.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says if Kyle Allen starts for Cam Newton (foot) on Sunday at Arizona ‘'it will be fun to watch.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Jarius Wright is ‘'100 percent confident'' backup Kyle Allen can get the job done if quarterback Cam Newton (foot) can't play against Arizona on Sunday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Allen and Will Grier are taking snaps for the Panthers in practice as franchise quarterback Cam Newton rehabs inside a foot injury he re-aggravated in Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay. His status for Sunday at Arizona is up in the air, GM Marty Hurney told reporters before practice. Pro Bowl DL Kawann Short and LB Shaq Thompson are at practice but working on the side with the trainer. So is OLB Bruce Irvin, who missed the first two games with a hamstring injury.

This Just In  

QB Cam Newton was not on the field with his teammates for the start of Tuesday's practice. The Panthers have not announced a reason for Newton's absence. Coach Ron Rivera is scheduled to address the media at 2:30 p.m. ET.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not at practice today, according to the team website. Practices was scheduled to begin at 11:50 am for the media viewing portion but as often occurs the team began 20 minutes early for install. Stay tuned for updates on Newton.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith said he was a "surprise'' when the Panthers cut him after the preseason, but he understands the business side of it (Carolina saved $1.8 million in cap space for a player who was going to be its fourth receiver). Smith said this was going to be his last year anyway, but he's proud he came back from a knee (cartilage) injury last year and he's even more proud to be involved in programs such as Year Up, a national non-profit organization that helps create pathways to meaningful employment for low-income youth and adults. He plans to move back to Baltimore, but he will keep close ties to Charlotte. As for Cam Newton's ineffectiveness through an 0-2 start, Smith believes Newton will get his timing back.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards264.516th
Rushing Yards83.024th
Points For20.5Tied-15th
Points Against25.0