It is a testament to the starpower of Cam Newton that this is a fact:
On Saturday, Cam Newton was added to the Panthers' injury report -- he is now listed as probable due to some soreness in his throwing shoulder. As I write this, that story is now headlined on ESPN.com's homepage, on a busy college football Saturday and with all the attendant news to Penn State returning to the field without Joe Paterno.
Of course, this is thought to be news because of fantasy-football folks, I suppose. But still -- probable is probable. Newton practiced all week. He should play against Tennessee Sunday -- that's what "probable" means.
Still, it's a bit scary for any Panther fan. That's the No.1 concern, isn't it? Keep Newton healthy.
As much as he does for this team -- he has been a part of 18 of the squad's 21 touchdowns -- to lose him for any length of time would take the bloom off the rose to a large extent. I know some would say what kind of rose is a 2-6 team, anyway, but if you went to any Panther games in 2010, you know what I mean. This season has felt so much different, and a whole lot of that is due to No.1.