The Panthers downplayed Newton's late appearance on the team's injury report, calling the move purely precautionary.
Coincidence? According to Newton it was, as he insisted his shoulder had no impact on the Panthers' meek offensive showing.
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."
Asked by the Charlotte Observer if a team he quarterbacked ever had failed to score a touchdown, Newton responded:
"Never. ... Ever. Ever."