FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Coach Ron Rivera said he's "pretty confident" Cam Newton (rib) will play Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay.

It looks like "pretty confident" is all you're going to get right now. Newton will wear a flak jacket and continue to work through this cracked rib he's got. It shouldn't downgrade him to much from where you have him ranked right now, but with the injury, the offensive line troubles and the lack of a proven wide receiver corps, is he really someone you want to be targeting in your draft?ANALYST: Howard Bender