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Quarterback Cam Newton injures foot in Carolina Panthers’ preseason game at New England Patriots

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of their preseason game Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. (AP photo)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — This was not the return to the field that Cam Newton was hoping to make.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback left Thursday night’s 10-3 exhibition loss to the New England Patriots in the first quarter with a foot injury that left him grimacing on the sideline.

The 2015 MVP was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, when the team shut him down for the last two games of the season because of shoulder fatigue that prevented him from throwing the ball downfield. He had arthroscopic surgery in January and did not play in the first two preseason games.

Newton appeared to be injured when he was sacked for a loss of 8 yards by Adam Butler on a third-and-10 from the Carolina 31. It was one of two times Newton was sacked.

Newton was initially evaluated on the sideline and quickly accompanied to the locker room and did not return.

He didn’t speak with reporters after the game but could be seen staring at the ground and wore a boot as he walked from the locker room toward the team bus.

“He got sacked, that’s about all I saw,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.

Asked if Newton’s injury affects his opinion on the number of exhibition of games, Rivera said it’s in the hands of the league.

“It’s tough. It’s part of the game, unfortunately,” Rivera said.

Kyle Allen took over at quarterback.

The Panthers were pedestrian on offense and went three-and-out in each of their first two series of the night. Newton went 4-for-6 for 30 yards.

Tom Brady finished his first exhibition game of 2019 by going 8-for-12 for 75 yards, including an 18-yard pass to tight end Ryan Izzo to set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by James Develin. It was the starting offense’s final series.

Brady did it with a skeleton crew at receiver. Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, N’Keal Harry and Demaryius Thomas all sat out. But undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers continued to help open the field, catching seven passes for 74 yards. Phillip Dorsett also had seven catches for 47 yards.

Brady, who wore a fedora after the game, like the hats Newton often wears, said it was tough to see him get hurt.

“It’s always hard to see them,” Brady said. “We’ve had our fair share of watching and being part of these games. Guys you think are gonna play a big role over the course of the year and then in one play it doesn’t happen that way. … Injuries are part of the game.”