Cam Newton appears to be done for the year.
The Panthers quarterback will sit out Week 16’s home game against the Falcons as he deals with a shoulder injury, the team announced Wednesday.
Backup Taylor Heinicke is expected to be under center against Atlanta Sunday.
NFL Media reported that Newton was done for the rest of the year, meaning he will also miss Week 17’s game against the Saints.
The decision was made since the chances of the Panthers making the playoffs are slim to none. Carolina has lost its last six games after starting the season 6-2.
Newton has struggled in the latter part of the season, likely due to the injury. In the Panthers’ 12-9 loss to the Saints Monday night, he threw for just 133 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
However, his shoulder woes go back to last season, when he underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. He hasn’t had full range of the shoulder this season, and seemed to have re-aggravated it in recent weeks.
This season, Newton has thrown for 3,395 with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and rushed for 488 yards and four touchdowns.