Newton had offseason ankle surgery and has recovered at an accelerated rate to get back on the field. However, the hairline fractures he sustained in multiple ribs last week against the New England Patriots is the more pressing concern.
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Still, Newton is unwavering in his belief he'll be ready a week from Sunday.
"There's no doubt in my mind," Newton said. "I'm just going to worry about things that I can control. I'm going to continue to come in and get as much treatment as possible so my body will be 100 percent."
Although Newton will not play in Thursday's exhibition finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he'll travel with the team in order to work with team trainer Ryan Vermillion in order to continue his rehab.
Newton looked less mobile than he had in the past with the ankle injury slowing him through the preseason. But now with the rib injury, there are two factors that could affect his ability to move within the pocket, take hits and potentially scramble.
Will Newton consider sliding, something he typically doesn't do?
"I guess we will all just have to stay tuned and see," Newton said.
Newton is planning on wearing extra protection for his ribs in the form of a flak jacket, which will give him extra padding and support there but could affect his throwing motion or ability to move unencumbered. But he says nothing will change in his style of play.
"Nothing's different than the obvious that I hurt the rib section of my body. The pads [flak jacket] that I've had have been nicked to a degree," Newton said. "But nothing to the extent that will change my playing style or make me uncomfortable."
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