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Newton Nears Closer to Return to Game Field

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 Cam Newton is almost back.  The Panthers quarterback is scheduled to play on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, in his first in-game action since the 2013 season came to a close.

"Keep treating it," Newton said is the best advice he's received, regarding his surgically repaired left ankle. "Treat it when it feels good, treat it when it feels bad.

"Don't be that guy that only treats it when it's nagging," Newton said. "Try to stay ahead of the pain, and that's what I've been doing. And it's been paying off."

His head coach likes the progress he's seen. Ron Rivera says the improvement is gradual, but consistent.

"He looks good, he's sharp," Rivera said. "He made some really good throws today. He missed a couple near the end of practice, but early on he was really throwing it well."

It's important for Newton to get on the practice field, so he can develop timing with his brand new wide receiving corps. Newton has had time to work with all his new wideouts during practice, but game speed is a different animal.

"He's developed a really nice rapport, and I'd like to see it carry over onto the field," Rivera said.

Newton did, at one point during practice, call over to Panthers head trainer Ryan Vermillion. But Newton insisted after practice that the conversation was merely Newton keeping Vermillion in the loop on everything he's thinking and feeling.

"We're going to evaluate," Rivera said of the Panthers plans for Sunday. "We'll evaluate how he's doing, we'll evaluate how the offensive line's playing. And we'll decide just how long we want to keep him in there.

"Right now, the initial plan is to get him into the first quarter, and then go from there."

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