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Big questions ahead on futures of Cam Newton, Ron Rivera for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a perfect world for the Carolina Panthers, as owner David Tepper told a group of reporters late Monday afternoon, quarterback Cam Newton will recover completely from the Lisfranc injury that has him on injured reserve and lead the team to a Super Bowl.

But the world is far from perfect. That’s what makes the decision on Newton’s future at Carolina more difficult than simply taking the $19.1 million salary-cap savings from trading or cutting him and improving the rest of the roster.

Many questions must be answered before the fate of Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, can be decided.