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Cam Newton Fantasy Outlook Improves Amid Nearing Return and Kyle Allen's Poor Week 8 Performance

Zach Brunner
Carolina Panthers v New England Patriots
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For the last week, the debate over which quarterback should be starting under center for the Carolina Panthers has raged further after backup Kyle Allen turned in a poor Week 8 performance in their 51-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

With Cam Newton nearing a return from rehabbing his injured foot, his potential to hop back into the starting QB role in Carolina is on the rise.

While Allen threw three interceptions in the blowout loss to the unbeaten Niners on Sunday, it's important to note that his Week 8 performance marked both his first loss and interception(s) of his NFL career as a starter.

Cam Newton Injury Status

Still, the door has certainly been opened wider for Newton, and it could not have come at a better time for the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Playing the game in San Francisco, it was the first time Newton traveled with the team since sustaining his foot injury in Week 2.

Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera angrily told reporters following the loss that Newton was still rehabbing his injured foot. It's also important to note that Newton has not returned to practicing yet, but it is assumed that this would resume soon after Newton said he has been feeling good.

It's unlikely that Newton returns for Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, but the Panthers face the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints in the following weeks, respectively. The games against Green Bay and New Orleans could both be important in the NFC race down the stretch though, while a matchup with Atlanta would be a dream for any QB returning from injury.

While we should get a better idea of Newton's progress and status later this week, it does not seem like he is too far away from a return in the near future.

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