Panthers Benched Cam Newton Against Dolphins

The veteran quarterback completed just five of 21 passes for 92 yards and two interceptions before being pulled in the fourth quarter.

MIAMI – The story of Cam Newton, who began his second chapter with the Carolina Panthers, came to a sudden halt on Sunday when he was benched in the fourth quarter of a 33-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Newton was replaced by PJ Walker with just over 10 minutes to play and the Panthers trailing by 20 points.


Cam Newton completed just five of 21 passes for 92 yards with two interceptions and a 5.8 passer rating. Getty Images

Newton completed five of 21 pass attempts for 92 yards with two interceptions for a 5.8 passer rating. His 23.8 completion percentage was the worst for a player with more than 20 attempts since 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

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Joey Harrington of the Detroit Lions completed 22.7 percent of his shipments against the Green Bay Packers that year.

Newton’s poor performance came less than three weeks after he was signed to a one-year deal that could pay him up to $ 10 million for the rest of the season if he meets the incentives.

He scored the first two times he touched Walker’s relief ball in the win over the Arizona Cardinals four days after returning to the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

He had two touchdown passes and a touchdown carry in last week’s loss to Washington.

It all fell apart on Sunday after Newton scored on a 1-yard carry that temporarily tied the score at 7-7.