Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton cleared to play Sunday

Cam Newton. (CBS Sports Photo)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been cleared to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion program.

The team said Saturday in a short statement that Newton had passed the league’s concussion protocol.

“Newton traveled with the team to New Orleans on Saturday,” the statement said. “He had been in the protocol since taking a jarring hit in Carolina’s loss at the Falcons in Week 4.”

Running back Jonathan Stewart is also expected to return after missing three games, according to the Panthers. Newton and Stewart are both listed as questionable on the injury report.

Previously, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the quarterback and 2015 league MVP was expected to start against the Saints “barring a setback.”

Newton suffered a concussion in the Panthers’ October 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Newton hasn’t spoken to reporters since suffering a concussion on Oct. 2 against the Falcons.

The Panthers are 1-4 and have lost three straight games.

Copyright 2016 WBTV. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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