We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Early last week, Tom Pelissero tweeted, “Ron Rivera: ‘What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return. At this point, we’re going to go forward with Kyle (Allen) as our starter.’” He added a day later, “#Panthers QB Cam Newton is believed to be dealing with a Lisfranc injury, I'm told. Plan for now is to keep rehabbing in hopes of returning and avoiding surgery, but it could be awhile until he's back on the field. Kyle Allen's show until then. (@josephperson 1st).” Person is a Panthers beat reporter. He tweeted on the topic, “Ron Rivera didn’t want to lay out a timeline for Cam Newton. So I did: Sit him until after the bye, let his Lisfranc injury heal and roll with Kyle Allen.” Salary cap expert Joel Corry tweeted, “Kyle Allen is playing for his $495,000 league minimum salary. When Allen's contract expires after the season, he will be an exclusive rights player with 1 year of service for free agency. Panthers can retain exclusive rights by giving him a $585,000 minimum salary tender in 2020.” Carolina might have a CHEAP starting quarterback next year. At worst, he is a low-cost backup. There is no assurance that Newton remains a Panther or even continues his football career. Allen has played well in his three NFL starts. He is still learning and developing. Pocket presence is one area needing growth, losing three fumbles on sacks in the victory over Houston. The Panthers are 0-2 in games that Newton starts and 2-0 (both wins on the road) with Allen under center. Adam Caplan gave context to Allen’s play, “#Panthers Kyle Allen joins #Eagles Carson Wentz as the only QBs in the Super Bowl era to go 3-0 with zero INTs in their first three career starts.” For those not remembering, he started Week 17 in 2018 after going undrafted.
In what may be a blessing in disguise, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky injured his non-throwing (left) shoulder after a hard tackle from behind by Danielle Hunter. Chase Daniel played very well in his stead. Daniel knows Nagy’s offense from their previous stay in Kansas City and was able to step right in. Trubisky is out at least one week and maybe longer. Adam Schefter tweeted an update on Monday, “Initial MRI on Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky revealed he has a dislocated left shoulder, with a slight labrum tear, but does not need surgery and should be back ‘sooner rather than later’, per source. He will travel with the team to London and is unlikely to play vs. Raiders.” It is still too early to know the severity of the injury. Shoulder injuries are tricky. The 3-1 Bears play the Raiders this week before getting a bye in Week 6. Trubisky is likely targeting Week 7 versus the Saints.