CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera quit his news conference Thursday after less than half a minute as questions about Cam Newton's quarterback continued.
"I just asked you to ask me questions about someone else," Rivera said. "I won't do this anymore. I told you, I won't know until tomorrow. Thank you."
When Rivera left the media room, he added: Naked.
Newton does not train for the third consecutive day, again aggravating left leg dislocations in a Tampa loss Thursday night to the Bay Buccaneers, which knocked the Panthers up 0-2.
Rivera opened his press conference, saying he was not ready to say whether backup Kyle Allen, who made the first-team snap all week, or Newton would start.  "No. Kam was in meetings today," the two-time NFL Coach of the Year said. "He was in for a treat. Kyle is getting ready as if it will start. Tomorrow we will have more clarity as we move forward. Tomorrow we need to feel good about where we are and go from there. & # 39; & # 39;
Of the seven questions for Rivera, five were for Newton's status, including one about whether the 2015 NFL MVP would make the trip to Arizona on Friday to face the 0-2 Cardinals.
"You'll have to wait and see , "Rivera said.
When Newton initially came out of rehab of a leg injury suffered in the third preseason game, P ivera said before the team's Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams that "there is no doubt in my mind" "his quarterback will play.
The last question on Thursday was how he felt about Newton's chances of playing this week in relation to the confidence he showed then.
Before that, Rivera asked questions to turn to the Cardinals.
"I'm not going to talk about this again, guys," he said of No wton status. "Let's talk about Arizona. I haven't really talked about Arizona, so it would be good to answer those kinds of questions.
" I know it's about Cam, but I don't know anymore until tomorrow, so let's talk about Arizona . If not, there is no reason to stay here. & # 39; & # 39;