SEATTLE -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held out of the opening series of Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks?due to a dress code violation.
The decision was made by coach Ron Rivera, team spokesperson Steven Drummond said.
Derek Anderson started at quarterback and was intercepted on the first play by outside linebacker Mike Morgan on a pass intended for fullback Mike Tolbert.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, a noted Panthers fan, was perplexed by Newton's non-start.
The Panthers held Seattle to a field goal, and Newton took the field for the second series.
It is the second game this season the reigning NFL MVP has not started. He missed a Week 6 game against Tampa Bay with a concussion.