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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Cam Newton makes Carolina injury report

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Superman made the injury report.

Cam Newton was listed with an ankle injury on the Carolina Panthers' Thursday report, which according to team officials is the second time the quarterback has been listed since he was selected with the first pick of the 2011 NFL draft.

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It's not serious, though.

Newton, who celebrates touchdowns by pretending to rip open his jersey to show the "S'' on his chest, was a full participant in practice.

"It's great,'' Newton said of the ankle he tweaked in Sunday's victory over the New Orleans Saints. "It's a day-to-day process that I'm trying to get healed up and mended up and be 100 percent [on] game day.''

The only other time Newton was on the report was in November 2011, for soreness in his shoulder. This one was so minimal that he wouldn't call it the worst injury of his pretty much injury-free career.

He's not anticipating it being a factor at all for Sunday's game at Atlanta, where the Panthers (11-4) can clinch the NFC South title and a first-round bye with a victory.

"How it feels right now, it won't even make enough for a story,'' said Newton, wearing a Superman T-shirt. "Whether it's feeling great right now, feeling bad right now, come Sunday it will be at high-octane performance.''

Asked if it could affect his mobility against Atlanta -- like coaches insisted it did to a degree against the Saints -- Newton said, "It should not, and mentally it would not.''