Rivera not wor­ried about los­ing team af­ter bench­ing New­ton

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports.

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. | Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera is not wor­ried about los­ing the faith of his play­ers in the locker room af­ter his de­ci­sion to bench Cam New­ton for the start of Sun­day night’s game against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

Rivera said Mon­day in hind­sight he’s “very com­fort­able” with his de­ci­sion to keep the reign­ing league MVP on the side­line af­ter he failed to wear a tie on the team flight Satur­day, as re­quired by team rules.

Derek An­der­son re­placed New­ton in the start­ing lineup and threw an in­ter­cep­tion on Carolina’s first play from scrim­mage. New­ton en­tered the game on the sec­ond se­ries, but things con­tin­ued to spi­ral down­hill and the in­jury-rid­dled and strug­gling Pan­thers (4-8) lost 40-7.

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