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Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton tested his throwing shoulder in Friday practice

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton tested his throwing shoulder in Friday practice

"I'd be OK with it", Rivera said to reporters Friday via ESPN. Rivera said the team hopes Butler will be ready for the Week 1 game at San Francisco. Max Henson of the Panthers' official website said on the same day that Newton was throwing the ball with more velocity.

That doesn't mean Newton won't play in next Saturday's game at Tennessee or the following week at Jacksonville after missing Wednesday night's preseason opener against Houston. From the return of JJ Watt, to the continued progress of first time pro-bowler Jadeveon Clowney, to of course the battle for starting quarterback between Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson.

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"I'd be OK with it", Rivera said. "He'll continue to do his workouts with the training staff, and each day as long as he continues to progress, we'll throw him more and more".

The Panthers' third preseason game is against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 24 and they finish out against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 31.

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It's unclear if Newton will play in the August 19 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

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Derek Anderson is now the Panthers' second-string quarterback with Joe Webb and Garrett Gilbert also on the roster.