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Cam Newton certain he'll play in Panthers' opener

Upon revealing that Cam Newton is dealing with a fractured rib, coach Ron Riveraexpressed optimism that his quarterback will be ready to suit up in Week 1.

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.

Rivera added that he also has no doubts and insists the offense will not be limited to protect Newton's injury.

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.

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