Cam Newton (ribs) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, according to injury report. Coach Ron Rivera still optimistic he will play Sunday vs. Tampa Bay.

It would be the biggest shock of the season if Newton was not under center for thew Panthers on Sunday. The biggest. The ribs are likely bothering him so it's no surprise that they're resting him before the weekend. Trust in Newton this week. You drafted him to be your QB1. Continue to treat him as such.ANALYST: Howard Bender