Cam Newton cleared to play against Saints

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has been cleared from the NFL's concussion program and can play Sunday when Carolina visits New Orleans.

The team said Saturday in a short statement that Newton had passed the league's concussion protocol. Previously, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the quarterback and 2015 league MVP was expected to start against the Saints "barring a setback."

Newton participated fully in practice Friday, but still had to meet with an independent doctor before being cleared to play.

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