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Old 11-17-2017, 19:15   #1
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The Panthers' offensetook the field Sunday night for its opening driveagainst the Seahawks without the reigning NFL MVP.Derek Anderson was under center to start the gamefor the Panthers instead of Cam Newton. As if that wasn't strange enough, Anderson's DeVante Parker Jersey pa s to Mike Tolbert on the first play from scrimmage bounced off the fullback's hands, resulting in an interceptiondeep in Carolina territory. The turnover led to a Seahawks' field goal.PLAYOFF PICTURE: Cowboys, Raiders looking good at No. 1There was no prior explanation for why Newton would not be starting, but reports on the reasoning behind thebenching began to trickle out after the first drive.According to Panthers radio, Cam Newton will not be starting tonight due to disciplinary reasons. Must have happened pre-game. Adam Johnson (@TigerPanthrHeat) December 5, 2016Panthers' official says Cam Newton not starting was Ron Rivera's decision. He's healthy. Joe Person (@josephperson) December 5, Laremy Tunsil Jersey 2016Spoke w/Panthers PR man Steven Drummond. He says Cam Newton is healthy & this was a decision made by head coach Ron Rivera. Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) December 5, 2016Newton took the field on the next Mike Pouncey Jersey drive, so clearly it was not a health i sue. Panthers coach Ron Rivera will have some questions to answer after this one.UPDATE: "Sunday Night Football" play-by-play man Al Michaels confirmed Rivera benched Newton for disciplinary reasons.Per the @SNFonNBC broadcast, Cam Newton broke a "minor team rule" and was taken off the field the first play. The result was not good. Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2016At halftime, NBC's Michele Tafoya spoke with Rivera and reported that Newton sat because of a "dre s code violation." Tafoya addedthat Rivera had "no regrets" about letting Anderson throw on the first play.Cam Newton violated the team dre s code by not wearing a tie, per source. Julius Thomas Jersey #CARvsSEA Ashley Stroehlein (@ashstro) December 5, 2016
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