Ron Rivera expects Cam Newton to play in Week 2

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Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera says he expects star quarterback Cam Newton to play in Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The reigning NFL MVP suffered several big hits from the Broncos in the NFL's opening game, including a a shot to the head during the final minute of the game. Newton was cleared by team doctors and finished the game on Thursday.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association continue to investigate the situation on Thursday and whether he should have been allowed to continue playing.