The reigning MVP was unable to get cleared in time for Monday night's painful home loss to the Buccaneers, but we did get a snapshot of progress in the form of a Newton sighting in downtown Charlotte on Monday afternoon.
You'll notice Newton is traveling on a busy city street without a helmet. This would be discouraged under normal circumstances, but seems doubly misguided for a man currently recovering from a brain injury.
During Tuesday's post-mortem press conference, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was asked about Newton's abstention from protective headgear.
Rivera replied: "He's an adult and we'll go from there."
Translation: Someone gettin' called into the principal office today.