By Nick Shook
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The Carolina Panthers will get a much-needed boost in their lineup Sunday.
Quarterback Cam Newton (concussion) has been cleared to play against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Saturday. Newton missed Carolina’s Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay after sustaining the concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Newton was officially active Sunday after being listed as questionable on Friday. Coach Ron Rivera said that “barring a setback,” Cam would be good to go.
Newton’s value to the team doesn’t need to be explained. Without the reigning league MVP, Carolina looked like a different offense in the loss to Tampa Bay, and not in a good way. Sitting at 1-4 with another divisional opponent on the slate Sunday, the Panthers need their leader back if they want to climb out of this early season hole.