Newton, who was re-signed by Carolina last week, appeared minimally in Week 10 in the Panthers’ road victory against the Arizona Cardinals but was responsible for two of the team’s touchdowns.
He tossed a 2-yard touchdown to wide receiver Robby Anderson and rushed in another during Carolina’s 34-10 victory over the previous 8-1 Cardinals to give them their second loss on the year.
But Carolina, and Rhule, indirectly have hinted they’re not confident starting Walker long-term. So, the organization brought in the former first-round pick back to the organization in hopes he can help get Carolina back to the playoffs.
“Cam will take the first play,” Rhule said in media availability Friday.
Rhule also said Walker will likely see the field Sunday, too. But it’s likely the uneven split will be more in Newton’s favor now that he has had more than a week with his former team.
Newton will play in his first home game in Carolina since 2019 and take on a Washington defense that just lost 2020 Rookie of the Year defensive end Chase Young to a torn ACL. Edge rusher Motez Sweat will also miss his third straight game with a broken jaw, leaving the Football Team with a depleted defense.
The Panthers haven’t won at home since Week 2 back in September against the New Orleans Saints.