Newton was officially active Sunday after being listed as questionable on Friday. Coach Ron Rivera said that "barring a setback," Cam would be good to go.
Newton's value to the team doesn't need to be explained. Without the reigning league MVP, Carolina looked like a different offense in the loss to Tampa Bay, and not in a good way. Sitting at 1-4 with another divisional opponent on the slate Sunday, the Panthers need their leader back if they want to climb out of this early season hole.