“Riverboat Ron” Rivera is keeping his cards close to his vest when it comes to Cam Newton.
The Carolina Panthers head coach walked out of his press conference on Thursday after he grew tired of questions regarding Newton’s status for the team’s Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Newton has not practiced all week as he nurses a foot injury. Backup Kyle Allen has been working with the first-team offense instead.
Rivera gave a quick update on Newton when he met with reporters, but divulged little else.
“Cam was in meetings today, Rivera said. “He was inside for treatment. Kyle’s preparing as if he’s going to start and we’ll have more clarity tomorrow as we continue to go forward. Tomorrow we should have a good feel for where he is and we’ll go from there.”
Rivera was asked if Newton would travel with the team and Rivera said he did not want to talk about it anymore and requested to talk about Arizona or another player.
When the next question was about Rivera’s confidence level in Newton’s health before the season compared to now, he had enough and walked off the podium.
“I just asked you to ask me questions about somebody else,” he said while heading to the door. “I’m not going to do this anymore. I told you I won’t know anything until tomorrow.”
The Panthers head to Arizona 0-2 this season, and they have won just once over their last 10 games dating back to last year making Carolina’s Week 3 game as close to a “must-win” for the team.
Falling to 0-3, even without Newton, could put Rivera on the hot seat early in the season as the Panthers will already be looking at quite an uphill battle if they were to be playoff contenders.