Sidelined by concussion, Cam Newton spotted on scooter before game, without helmet

Sidelined by concussion, Cam Newton spotted on scooter before game, without helmet

CHARLOTTE, NC (Doug Miller/The Charlotte Observer) - ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday tweeted a photo of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton riding a scooter uptown, hours before his team dropped to 1-4 after losing to the also-struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Newton missed the third game of his NFL career after he was drilled by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones on a successful 2-point conversion last weekend in Atlanta.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters before the game that Newton participated in some football-specific drills Monday – a sign that Newton continues to progress in the concussion protocol.

While Schefter took the sighting as a good sign that Newton is recovering, others questioned why he wasn't wearing a helmet.