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Newton appeared to be injured in the third quarter, but returned to the field for Carolina’s next drive.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos after suffering what appeared to be a leg or ankle injury in the third quarter.

Newton was having a phenomenal game prior to injury, and he broke the QB rushing touchdowns record of 44 set by Steve Young with a 2-yard run for a score late in the second quarter. Newton also broke Young’s record of 31 games with a passing and rushing touchdown. The Panthers took a 17-7 lead into the half.

In the third quarter, after a Bene Benwikere interception gave the Panthers the ball on the Carolina 10-yard line, Newton took a sack from DeMarcus Ware on third down. As Newton was going down, Von Miller entered the fray, and there was helmet-to-helmet contact between Miller and Newton.

It wasn’t the only helmet-to-helmet contact Newton took on Thursday.

It seems that the injury was not at all related to that contact, though. Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer speculated that Newton had injured his right leg, and Michele Tafoya said on NBC’s broadcast that Newton had been jogging on the sideline and that it appeared to be his leg or ankle that was impacted.

Newton remained on the sideline for a few minutes, but began throwing and returned to the field before backup Derek Anderson had a chance to take the field. Cam didn’t look as dominant as he had prior to being shaken up, and the Panthers went three-and-out on their next possession.

It’s clearly not a serious injury for Newton, though it’s possible that it’s throwing him off his game.