Newton got X-rays during the second half of the game, which came back negative, NFL Media's Albert Breer noted after the game. Newton has a contusion in the middle of his back. Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated that he will play next week because the offense needs to work on its timing. That much was clear on Friday.
Newton has not looked fully confident in his ankle in two preseason appearances. He's been hesitant to scramble, and he struggled to get away from defenders Friday. Carolina's passing game has plenty of work left to do before the regular season.