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Will Cam Newton's injury determine how much playing time Winston receives?

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Thursday night, the Carolina Panthers had a bit of an injury scare to their star Quarterback.

Cam Newton injured his foot during the third preseason game and his week one status is now in doubt. Newton, suffered a “mild foot sprain” according to multiple reports, but there is now no guarantee that he will be ready for week one. According to the Panthers General manager, the team is “cautiously optimistic”.

Well, Newton’s injury last night may open up the eyes of not only the Buccaneer coaches, but coaches around the league as well.

With the Buccaneers playing their third preseason game tonight, you have to wonder how much playing time Winston will have. In my opinion, Winston should play no more then three drives, even if the offense looks as bad as ever.

There is simply too much risk and not enough reward to play your starters more then a few drives in the preseason. One injury and the season can be over in a blink of an eye.

You just have to wonder whether or not last night’s injury to Newton may impact how Bruce Arians manages this game and to be quite honest with you, it should.