After Carson Palmer was forced to sit on Thursday Night Football with a concussion, multiple other starting quarterbacks will face similar injury-related benchings for Week 5.
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was officially ruled out for Monday Night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton suffered the injury against the Atlanta Falcons last weekend trying to convert a two-point conversion:
Newton, the reigning NFL MVP, has struggled to this point in the season, leading the defending NFC champs to a 1-3 record.
Newton has only completed 57.9 percent of his passes (which is currently a career-low) for 974 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s rushed for two touchdowns.
Taking his spot will be veteran Derek Anderson, who hasn’t started a game since 2014.
Head coach Ron Rivera doesn’t seem worried.
“[Anderson’s] a guy that’s had success in the NFL,” Rivera told The Charlotte Observer. “He’s been a Pro Bowl player. He’s won a lot of games, he’s played in a lot of games, and I think our guys just have a lot of confidence in who he is.”
In the AFC, the biggest quarterback news of the Week 5 is Tom Brady‘s return from a four-game suspension as the New England Patriots visit the Cleveland Browns.
But perhaps the biggest injury news of the week is Denver Broncos’ QB Trevor Siemian will not be able to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Siemian injured his non-throwing shoulder after being sacked last weekend.
Prior to the injury, Siemian was enjoying a decent season, leading the Broncos to a 4-0 start in his first year as the defending Super Bowl champs’ starter.
Siemian had thrown for 824 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions and the Broncos perfect season could be in jeopardy without him.
Taking his place will be rookie Paxton Lynch, who will be making his first career NFL start.
Lynch got his first reps in the NFL after taking over for Siemian against the Buccaneers last week. In a little more than two quarters, he completed 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Broncos’ quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said he feels confident in Lynch and his development this season:
“His footwork has gotten better and faster,” Knapp told The Denver Post. “He’s more comfortable with the offense, so it shows up in his tempo and timing with his decision-making and his route-throwing. That’s been positive to see…”