Newton has removed all questions about his status, telling reporters Wednesday there is "no doubt" he will play versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener. He also disclosed that several ribs were affected by the hit he took last week.
Quarterbacks have been known to play through similar injuries, as it comes down to pain management.
Newton's mobility and aggressiveness were already compromised by an ankle that is not yet 100 percent following offseason surgery.
Playing behind a reshuffled offensive line breaking in new starters at four different positions, Newton is a prime candidate for a few early-season stumbles before regaining 2013 form.