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Injuries: Cam Newton throws again during team drills

The latest on Cam Newton's shoulder continues to be good news.

Five days after throwing in team drills for the first time since July 30, the Panthers quarterback was again slinging it during team drills on Sunday, per Max Henson of the team's official site.

Carolina is wisely being cautious with Newton, who's coming off surgery in late March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. It doesn't take a medical degree to prove a shoulder injury and subsequent operation is important to a quarterback.

The numbers don't exactly show it -- Newton managed to throw for 237 yards in a Week 17 loss, a week after going 18 for 43 in a loss to Atlanta -- but the quarterback was less than his best self down the stretch last season, as Carolina limped to just two wins in its final six games. Injuries and inconsistent play, especially along the offensive line, doomed Carolina, and it made sense when it was revealed after the season that Newton had been playing through his own ailment.

There's little to no reason for Newton to take a single snap of game action prior to Week 1 of the regular season, which everyone involved knows. But monitoring his ability to throw in practice is important, because it serves as our sole barometer of where his shoulder is. With proper treatment and monitoring off the field, Newton should be fine come kickoff weekend.

Elsewhere in injury news Sunday:

  1. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi remains in the concussion protocol, though it's more of a "conditioning" thing for him at this point, head coach Adam Gase told reporters, per Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post.
  1. Tight end Travis Kelce returned to Chiefs practice Sunday, per Matt McMullen of the team's official site.
  1. Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (knee) and running back Travaris Cadet (undisclosed) were at practice but not in pads Sunday, per Herbie Teope of the Times-Picayune.
  1. Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (back spasms) and offensive tackle Dillon Gordon (hand) missed practice Sunday, per Geoff Mosher of WPEN-FM.
  1. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was held out of practice Sunday. Coach Doug Marrone said Fournette is dealing with a nagging foot injury and missed practice for precautionary measures.

Receiver Marqise Lee was carted off the field after suffering an apparent leg injury in practice on Sunday. Marrone told reporters after practice he is unsure of the extent of Lee's injury and the receiver is undergoing further evaluation. Per Rapoport and Garafolo, the injury is not believed to be serious.

  1. Lions defensive end Kerry Hyder was carted off the field after suffering a "significant Achilles injury," head coach Jim Caldwell said following Lions' win over the Colts on Sunday.
  1. Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton broke his finger in practice on Sunday, the team announced. Wheaton had been previously sidelined during training camp after undergoing an appendectomy.
  1. The Colts announced that linebacker Sean Spence suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's preseason contest against the Lions, and did not return to the game.
  1. Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) hobbled off the field in the first quarter Sunday against the Seahawks and was then carted off to the locker room per NFL Network's Alex Flanagan. He did not return. Defensive end Jerry Attaochu left with a hamstring and did not return.
  1. Seattle SeahawksSeahawks coach Pete Carroll said wide receiver Paul Richardson has an AC sprain and will be out a bit, the team announced. Defensive back Jordan Simone has a significant knee injury, could be ACL, Carroll added.
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