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Cam Newton to miss Panthers preseason opener

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will sit out the team’s preseason opener Wednesday night against the Houston Texans, ESPN reports.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confirmed the decision Tuesday morning.

The 28-year-old quarterback underwent surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

He had been throwing during the first five days of training camp but is now limited to light throwing after being pulled from practice on July 30 due to fatigue.

The Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Pittsburgh Steelers round out the Panthers remaining preseason games.