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Cam Newton says he played injured to show leadership

4/20/2017 11:46:55 AM
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As the Panthers began offseason workouts this week with Cam Newton on the sideline rehabbing from surgery, the quarterback told Bill Voth of the team's official website that he felt it was his duty as a team captain to play if he could, Kevin Patra of reports.

"Was it smart? People may say it wasn't, but at the end of the day, I think the bigger picture was I'm one of the leaders on this team," Newton said. "I just want to set a good standard that, listen, the team comes first and I'm just going to put myself in position to try to lead this team as much as possible."

He added: "But at the end of the day, I felt as if there was another thing that was achieved. I wear the 'C' patch on my jersey with great pride, and I feel as if it comes around again, would I reconsider it? Yeah, but also knowing those guys that I'm going to give every single thing that I have to give for this game, for the fans, for my teammates, especially."

Newton attempted to rehab the shoulder sans surgery this offseason. When the injury wasn't responding as team trainers hoped, surgery was the next option.

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