Newton to start at QB for Panthers on Friday

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Top draft pick Cam Newton will start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers in their second preseason game Friday.

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Newton would take the first snap against the Miami Dolphins as part of the plan to alternate the rookie and Jimmy Clausen, who started last week against the New York Giants.

Rivera said the first-team offense would play about one half and Clausen would get reps with the first-stringers to keep the quarterback competition even.

Rivera said he would likely announce next week which player will start in the opener Sept. 11 against Arizona.