Cam Newton is going under the knife.
The Carolina Panthers' star quarterback will undergo surgery on March 30 to treat a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder that limited him late last season, the team announced Tuesday.
Although the ailment will keep Newton out of OTAs this spring, he is expected back by the start of training camp.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said at the scouting combine that Newton would not require surgery. However Panthers' head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion stated that the plan has changed regarding Newton's recovery.
"We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March," Vermillion said.
"Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage - the strengthening stage, the throwing stage - he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing.
"As a result, Dr. Pat Connor (head team physician) felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder."
Newton struggled last season after an MVP campaign in 2015, and the shoulder knee and ankle injuries probably contributed to the sudden regression. This gives the Panthers much cause to let him fully recover before he takes the field.
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