Newton's shoulder not reason for Panthers' lack of production

In the days leading up to his Week 10 tilt against the Tennessee Titans, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton put a scare into Panthers fans everywhere when a report surfaced that the rookie signal-caller underwent an MRI exam for a sore right throwing shoulder following a Week 9 bye.

The Panthers downplayed Newton's late appearance on the team's injury report, calling the move purely precautionary.

On Sunday against a stingy Titans defense, however, Newton had his least effective performance of his dazzling season, completing 23 of 40 passes for 212 yards in a 30-3 loss.

Coincidence? According to Newton it was, as he insisted his shoulder had no impact on the Panthers' meek offensive showing.

"It's doing OK. It's great," a curt Newton told the Charlotte Observer.

Those who shared the field with Newton said they couldn't see anything physically wrong with him.

"Cam messed his shoulder up the other day but he is fine," wideout Brandon LaFell told the Observer. "He is a warrior."

Said Greg Olsen: "He seemed fine. ... We have to help him play better. Everyone needs to worry about themselves first."

The Panthers' loss also marked a disappointing first for the normally prolific Newton.

Asked by the Charlotte Observer if a team he quarterbacked ever had failed to score a touchdown, Newton responded:

"Never. ... Ever. Ever."

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