Speculation is increasing that the switch from Carolina Panthers & Quarterback Cam Newton to a vegan diet can influence his game and ability to recover from an injury, as he announces that he & # 39; free time from the game & # 39 ;.
Newton said after 15 minutes video released on Friday night that he suffered a mid-foot sprain in the third preseason game against the New England Patriots, but that he hid the injury to his own team.
& # 39; It could very well be a week. Or two weeks. It can be three weeks, it can be four weeks, it can be six weeks, & Newton said about his return in the video, in which he smoked a cigar and drank a glass of wine.
& # 39; But I have to understand and know if it takes time, I trust that this team will still be in a great situation by the time I return. & # 39;
Smoking a cigar and drinking a glass of wine, Newton explained his decision to free up & # 39; time the game & # 39; in a YouTube video
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton walks off the field after losing Panthers 20-14 to the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay in week 2. He was placed in a bench the following week
In his two starts this season, Newton was faint, threw the ball only five times for min-2 yards and threw zero touchdowns.
In February, Newton switched from a pescatarian diet, which includes fish, to a completely vegan diet that strictly excludes all meat and dairy products.
& # 39; Return to 2015 Cam, bada ** Cam. He was a pescatarian, & # 39; said Chris Howard, a certified nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach, in an interview with the Charlotte observer. & # 39; Salmon, shrimp, you get lots of good fats and complete proteins. In fact, (fish) is one of the best protein sources there is. & # 39;
& # 39; Now you take away the most valuable part of that (diet), and … there is simply no solution for it: it cannot recover so well with fewer nutrients, with fewer calories and with less muscle mass. It's just not going to happen, & Howard continued.
Although top athletes are known to excel in vegan diets, nutritionists note that finding the right nutrient balance to promote injury recovery can be difficult for inexperienced vegans.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is & # 39; usually & # 39; vegan, but admits that he eats lean meat during the winter months.
Newton also made headlines with its unique post-game interview outfit in week 2
In his video, Newton did not comment on speculation about the impact of his vegan diet on his recovery from injuries.
The triple Pro Bowler and 2015 NFL MVP admitted that he did not inform head coach Ron Rivera or the team that he was injured – even when he realized before the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams that he was not himself.
& # 39; I hid an injury where I could easily have said: & # 39; You know what, coach, I don't think I'm ready. Maybe I should consider serving this for the improvement (of the team), & # 39; & # 39; Newton said, adding that he told some of the coaching staff that he was fine even after they asked if they were healthy.
Newton said that he was partially in his own way because he reasoned that he was partially silent because of his & # 39; Superman & # 39; persona. Because I automatically thought: & # 39; I have to play week 1. I can't disappoint my fans. I have to be there for my team. & # 39; & # 39;
Kyle Allen has replaced Newton in the starting line-up and led Carolina to a 38-20 win over Arizona last week in week 3.
Allen will start Sunday against Week 4 against the Texans and will probably continue for a few weeks as starter of the Panther.
Newton said it was him & # 39; rejuvenated & # 39; when the Panthers put him on the couch in week 3.
& # 39; It achieves the & # 39; Superman & # 39; out, & # 39; Newton said, referring to the nickname for which he became famous. & # 39; I really didn't want that mantra to be there. You feel like you are immortal. You feel that you cannot do anything wrong. You feel like you're this big, bad guy, but honestly, I'm a human. I realize this all the time. & # 39;
In the first two games of the season, Newton completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 572 yards. In 89 pass attempts, he has not thrown a touchdown pass and has one interception.
Newton still has two years to go with its five-year contract extension. The 30-year-old owes more than $ 21 million for the 2020 season, including an option bonus of $ 2 million.
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