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Cam Newton to start vs. Bengals

Updated: August 22, 2011, 12:05 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton will start Carolina's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Newton will play the first three quarters on Thursday night against the Bengals, but that doesn't mean the rookie quarterback will be the starter in the Sept. 11 season opener.

"It will give us an opportunity to see how he'll handle the whole game experience and we'll go from there," said Rivera, who hedged on anything past then.

"It ...

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