Cam Newton out against Bills

Updated: August 8, 2014, 11:08 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton did not play in Friday night's preseason-opening 20-18 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

This is not a setback for Newton, who underwent surgery in March to tighten tendons in his left ankle, as much as it is precautionary.

While Newton has been sharp in practice, he still hasn't been cleared to scramble or run the read option. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it was a matter of days before that happens.

That ...

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