At this point, playing football is a long way off, Rapoport hears. So far, Newton hasn’t been able to do much more than basic rehab for his injury.
Newton’s pain and limited mobility was apparent to anyone watching him play this season. His frustrations have been apparent, as well. When Newton took to YouTube in late September to discuss his injury, he admitted that he rushed himself back too soon in order to play in the 2019 season opener.
“I’ve decided I will take time away from the game,” Newton said. “This is me being the bigger person and being real with myself and saying, ‘Look, what’s the ultimate goal you’re trying to accomplish? Win the Super Bowl. OK, if you want to win the Super Bowl, this is the step you’ve got to take.’
“It could very well be a week. Or two weeks. It could be three weeks, it could be four weeks, it could be six weeks. But I have to understand and know if it takes that time, I trust in this team that they will — we will — still be in a great situation by the time I get back.”
Meanwhile, fill-in Kyle Allen has done quite well, for the most part. Before his rocky outing against the 49ers, Allen completed 65.6% of his passes with a 7-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in four starts. He’ll get start No. 6 this week against the Titans on Sunday.