Coach Ron Rivera: Panthers will keep third QB Joe Webb following rib injury to Cam Newton


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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he plans to keep Joe Webb as the team's No. 3 quarterback after starter Cam Newton suffered a hairline fracture to his ribs Friday night during a preseason against New England.

The Panthers only kept two QBs last year — Newton and veteran Derek Anderson.

Webb says, "I would never want to wish for somebody to get hurt just for my benefit (so) it was an unfortunate situation."

Rivera said the Panthers were thinking about keeping Webb even before Newton's injury.

Newton's injury sealed his spot.

Rivera said it will be tough sacrificing a roster spot for an extra quarterback, but the move comes out of necessity.

Rivera remains optimistic Newton will be ready for the team's Sept. 7 opener at Tampa Bay.

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