Relax, Cam Newton's toe is just fine

If you’re wondering why I’m pinch hitting here, it’s because David Newton has a personal matter to attend to. But that’s not really important to Carolina Panthers fans. What is important is that Cam Newton is fine.

The quarterback of the Panthers had a minor toe injury in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. The injury isn’t expected to be a factor when the Panthers host the New Orleans Saints in a critical NFC South contest on Sunday.

Newton banged up his toe late in the first half and was late coming back onto the field for the start of the second half. He did not miss a snap.

"The reason we took him off early was because we had to cut the tape off and let them double-check and make sure everything was fine," coach Ron Rivera said. "Everything came out OK."

In other injury news, Rivera ruled out running back Jonathan Stewart out for Sunday. But Rivera left the door open for a possible return in the final week of the season against Atlanta. Rivera also said safety Mike Mitchell re-aggravated a shoulder injury, but was unsure if Mitchell would miss any time.