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Newton has rib injury

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(AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs and will miss the team’s final preseason game. Rivera says he expects Newton to be ready for the team’s Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay. Newton was hit after scrambling from the pocket in Carolina’s preseason game Friday night against New England.

Newton has never missed a regular season start in his three seasons with the Panthers.

In other NFL news:

— The lawyer for Denver kicker Matt Prater says his client has agreed to a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Harvey Steinberg says Prater’s suspension was alcohol-related.

— The Denver Broncos have parted ways with 11 players, including nine-year veteran tackle Winston Justice and undrafted rookie running back Brennan Clay of Oklahoma.

— The Chicago Bears have cut Jordan Palmer, making Jimmy Clausen the backup quarterback behind Jay Cutler.


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