CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said in a video blog post Friday that he was hiding just how much he injured his left leg before the season and that he will not return to the field until he is 100% healed.
Newton, who appeared in the video smoking a cigar and drinking a glass of wine, confirmed that he received a slight sprain from Lisfrank in the third preseason game against the New England Patriots and aggravated him in the loss of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.
The Panthers called the injury to a midfoot dislocation, which is technically a Lisfranc sprain.
Newton, who will miss his second straight game Sunday when the Panthers (1
"I decided I would take time out of the game," says Newton, 30, in his first public comments after recovering his feet. "It's me being the older man and being real with myself and saying, 'Look, w hat is the ultimate goal you are trying to achieve?' Win a Super Bowl. Well, if you want to win a Super Bowl, this is the step you need to take. "
" It could very well be a week. Or two weeks. It can be three weeks, it can be four weeks, it can be six weeks. But I need to know and know if it takes this time, trusting this team that they will – we will – still be in a great situation by the time I get back. & # 39; & # 39;
Newton admitted that he probably had to back down before the opening, 30-27 loss to Los Angeles Aries in order to give longer injury time.
"This is when I got my own way," Newton said. "Because I automatically thought," I have to play Week 1. I can't miss my fans. I have to be there for my team. "
Newton said that he had learned during his game a ritual of jogging around the stadium before the season opener that he could not play.
2015 NFL MVP rushed for more yards (4,806) than every quarterback since joining the league since 2011 and ranks third in NFL history behind Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham in fast yards by QB . But he rushed just three times for a low minus-2 yard in his career against Aries. And in Week 2 he had two carries for 0 yards against Tampa Bay, slipping and failing when wearing fourths and 1.
"I hid a injury where I could easily say, 'You know what a coach, I don't think I'm ready. Maybe I should think about how to make it better [of the team]"Newton said.
The quarterback said Carolina's coaches asked him if he was okay before the game and he said yes.
"With this Superman title, tag, I'm like, 'No, Coach, I'm good. Let's play, "said Newton, known for his Superman celebrations after leading Auburn to the national title in 2010.
But Newton realizes during the opener and again against Tampa Bay that he can't do normal things, such as running and pushing the plant leg confidently enough to make accurate throws.  He completed 49% of his losses in Tampa Bay and was used as a lure in a potentially lucrative fourth down goal when running back Christian McCaffrey ranks in the Wildcat formation. McCaffrey was stopped fourth and 1 out of 2.
"Even if someone is not close to you, you are trying to keep your foot," Newton said. "I don't want anyone to touch it, I don't want anyone to fire me. So all these things happen in my head in an actual game.
" For so long I played this game one way, I played this game the only way, who I know how to play. And at that particular moment, no. 1 it's there, it's not the same person. "
Newton said he realized when it was decided last week to start a second game, Kader Allen year two against the Arizona Cardinals, it's time for him to focus on recovery.
Alan threw four passes and led the Panthers to a 38-20 win in Arizona.
Newton said he would do everything he could to support Alan in rehab.
"It's an ultimate team sport," Newton said. "And I want to be the best player on this team. And right now, I can't be the best player on this team if I have a injury that takes time to heal."
Newton said he was "rejuvenated". him that he did not feel pressure from coach Ron Rivera or general manager Marty Hurney to try to play through the injury when the decision came to close him.
"This brings Superman out of him," says Newton. " I really didn't want that mantra to be there. You feel immortal. You feel you can't do anything wrong. You feel like you're such a big, bad person, but the truth is, I'm human. I've been aware of this all the time. "
Newton said if he plays now it won't be" Cam Newton, who everyone is used to seeing. "
" I refuse this to happen, & # 39; & # 39; he added. "I do it for two games. It's hard for me to watch a movie, it's hard for me to deal with my day-to-day, knowing that it keeps me in the mood, knowing that everything I have to do is right from
." is to make that decision or to have these options, but at the end of the day, I have to deal with it. ""