(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the first time since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, Cam Newtown put on his shoulder pads and helmet, walked onto the gridiron, and played football. The Carolina Panthers (1-1) quarterback made his preseason debut on Sunday night in a 28-16 win over Kansas City (1-1).
Newton was reasonably rusty to open the game, starting with three straight three-and-outs. He missed five of his first six passes and was sacked for a 13-yard loss as part of those three drives. Carolina did rebound though when Jonathan Stewart was inserted into the running back position.
Stewart ran for only 26 yards on four carries, but capped off consecutive scoring possessions with touchdown scampers.
"If we can run the ball effectively with the backs and not have to rely on [Cam] running we would much rather do that," said head coach Ron Rivera on the running attack.
Newton also settled down a bit towards the end of his day. The four-year veteran completed four of nine passes for only 65 yards but connected on his last three attempts.
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