Newton to work out with Panthers; agents wary of injury risk

Cam Newton might not have won over Justin Bieber's fans with his version of the hit song "Baby" last weekend, but an opportunity to impress his Carolina Panthers teammates arrives next week.

Tony Paige, one of Newton's two agents, told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday that the rookie quarterback will join Panthers players for workouts at Charlotte Christian School next week.

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in last month's draft, has been refining his game at the IMG Institute in Bradenton, Fla., under the direction of former Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke, but Paige knows his client is itching to hang out with his peers during the NFL lockout.

"When you're a rookie, especially as a quarterback, it's good to work on timing. But (it's) mainly getting around your teammates," Paige said. "I think Cam is excited about getting to know his teammates. Typically by now, he would know everybody."

Newton's other agent, Bus Cook, sounded off about the potential for injury during informal workouts.

"I know it's non-contact and all that, but hypothetically if they get hurt -- especially if it's season-ending or career-ending, it could have a big impact," Cook said.

Cook noted that teams can void contracts of players hurt during these informal workouts because they would be considered non-football injuries suffered during activities not sanctioned by teams.

Paige said both agents are "very conscious" of the potential for injury, but he added that Newton "just wants to come up and meet his teammates and bond with them."

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