It seemed we were never going to see "Superman" anymore.
And when Newton was not present at practice on Tuesday as the team prepared for the Arizona Cardinals, the panic button went off.
"Cam Newton is done," many fans and media pundits said, alike.
All this despite the Panthers saying Newton simply reaggravated a foot sprain he suffered in Week 3 of the preseason against New England.
But three former Panthers quarterbacks huddled up this week to rebuke those claims.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, they haven't seen good football out of Newton - and wins - since the middle of 2018.
Newton has lost eight straight starts for Carolina and hasn't had a passing touchdown since a Week 13 loss in 2018 to Tampa Bay. It’s also a game in which he also threw four interceptions.
Newton, who is known for his prowess with his legs running for big yards and touchdowns, also hasn't found the end zone on the ground since last October.
But Delhomme did admit that Newton not running, especially on the team's critical fourth-down play at the end of the game near the goal line, did send off some red flags.
"Maybe there was an issue from the Patriot preseason game,” he said. “I would assume that a Sunday game, and right back on a Thursday night game back-to-back, maybe something could have aggravated it. Maybe that's why we're not seeing him run as much."Newton has minus-2 rushing yards in two games this season.
"That could be something that's aggravating him with his foot, because obviously with his mobility, according to the record books, his mobility is probably the greatest of any quarterback we've ever seen," Delhomme said.
So, is Newton indeed salvageable?
"In eight seasons, he's pushed his body to the max,” Anderson said. “He's played through a million different injuries over the course of that time. It takes a toll."
Anderson said he's aching for Newton because he knows the type of competitor he is after having shared a locker next to him for seven seasons.
"I understand his frustrations. It's frustrating to me because I know how much he puts into it," Anderson said.
Anderson feels like Newton's struggles have been from the lack of having a preseason. He only played seven snaps over the course of four games. Anderson also said he thinks Newton not getting any practice time during the offseason also has taken a toll on his play, but not necessarily Cam losing any of his athletic ability.
"I watched the game the other day. He struggled,” Anderson said. “But everything is not exactly his fault. It takes every single guy on the football field time to mesh and come together. He didn't participate every single day, didn't play in the preseason. We're still working through some kinks, I think, as we go into the season."
"If there is something, hopefully a little rest can help it," he said.
"I think they've done the right thing with him in trying to make sure he's ready to go,” he said. “It's about reps and getting into it. I think he's going to get things cleaned up and will be throwing the ball accurately and will be moving around like I know he can."