Ryan Kalil

Panthers' coach: Newton's head is fine, he'll play vs. 49ers

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he fully expects Cam Newton to play this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers despite taking at least four helmet-to-helmet hits in a Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Rivera said that while Newton's body is sore, his head is fine.

"He's tough, he's resilient and he's moving around pretty good," Rivera said Monday, reiterating that his QB has passed a number of concussion tests.

Newton made a brief appearance in the locker room, but did not answer questions. He's expected to address the media on Wednesday.

The NFL and the Players Association are both looking into whether more should have been done when Newton took a...