Coming into the year, the Carolina Panthers were predicted to emerge as a genuine contender to make some serious noise in the NFC. Well, their first two weeks have indicated anything but that, with the noise surrounding Cam Newton's poor play and foot injury consuming the majority of the hoopla, and head coach Ron Rivera wanted none of it on Thursday.
The oft-injured quarterback was missing from Tuesday's practice, and reporters were clamoring for Rivera to provide an update on Cam's status after Thursday's session. However, it appears they overplayed their hand as the 57-year-old HC walked out of the presser less than three minutes into fielding questions.
Rivera kicked things off by stating that Newton was receiving treatment for his foot on Thursday and that his squad was preparing in practice as if second-stringer Kyle Allen was going to be under center Sunday against the Cardinals.
After it was apparent Rivera was becoming irritable, one reporter steered away from Newton and inquired about Greg Olsen's condition for this weekend. Right after that question, however, Rivera was requested to reveal if his QB would travel with the team even if he wasn't playing.
That's when he lost it and stormed out of the press room.
We don't doubt that Rivera is dreading another campaign of his former MVP gunslinger combating lingering injuries, but it's really not asking a lot of him to give correspondents a few minutes of his time. Then again, he did request the reporters not continue inquiring about it, so they had to see this coming.
Newton's health is one of the NFL's most captivating and confounding storylines through the first two and a half weeks of the 2019 season, so it's a tough situation for everyone.