Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who suffered a hairline fracture to his ribs, said Wednesday he'll be ready to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Newton was injured during Friday night's 30-7 preseason loss at New England. He will not play in Thursday night's exhibition finale at Pittsburgh.

"There's no doubt in my mind,'' Newton said when asked if he would start against Tampa Bay. "I'm just going to worry about the things I can control. I'm going to continue to come in and get as much treatment as possible so my body will be 100 percent.''