CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton's primary backup has more on his mind than starting in an NFL game.

QB Derek Anderson is expecting a baby – any minute now.

Tuesday, Anderson said he thinks he'll be at the Panthers' preseason game on this week against Pittsburgh. Doctors plan to induce his wife tonight if the baby does not come naturally.

"Wife's great. She's going to go in tonight at 7 o'clock. Hopefully the kid comes out soon, and then we're going to roll," Anderson said while talking baby watch at practice.

He said inducing was the doctor's call after his wife began feeling contractions.

Anderson hopes to sit back and take a moment to enjoy being a father -- on Friday.

"I don't even know what I'm doing," Anderson says when asked which hes' more nervous for: fatherhood or starting in the NFL.

"At least when I know when I play football I have an idea of what I'm doing. But I'm just trying to be a positive support, and hopefully everything goes good."

Cam Newton is out following a hairline fracture to the rib.

It's one of many hurdles for the Panthers. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, last year's AP defensive player of the year, is likely to will start the season with a cast on his sprained right thumb. And starting defensive ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson, who combined for 26 sacks last season, remain sidelined with injuries.

It's still unknown if Newton will be back for the season opener on Sept. 7.

Anderson has started 43 career games during his nine NFL seasons and even went to a Pro Bowl with the Cleveland Browns in 2007 when he threw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns.

But he might need to shake off some rust first.

Newton has not missed a game in three seasons, and Anderson has only thrown four passes for the Panthers during that span.

Anderson's last start came in 2010.

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