QCam Newton
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1 day ago

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has no doubt Newton (shoulder) will be ready for the season opener, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers entered this offseason with the expectation Newton would avoid surgery on his partially torn right rotator cuff, but he's now scheduled to have an arthroscopic procedure March 30. He's tentatively scheduled to begin an individual throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery, with a return to throwing in a team setting expected at the 16-week mark. The timeline rules him out for the offseason program and leaves his training camp availability in serious question, but it should allow the 27-year-old quarterback to be ready by Week 1.

QCam Newton
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6 days ago

Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton suffered a partial tear of his right rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground (359 yards, to be exact) for the first time. After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "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," head athletic trainer Ryan 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 is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.

QCam Newton
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6 days ago

Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton suffered a partial tear of his left rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground for the first time (359, to be exact). After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "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," head athletic trainer Ryan 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 is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready be the start of training camp in late July.

QCam Newton
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3 weeks ago

Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants to continue to limit the amount of hits Newton takes through running the ball, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton is coming off a career-low 90 rushing attempts this past season, and after dealing with shoulder issues during the campaign, the Panthers hope to keep his ground pursuits in check going forward. Although Newton's skill set makes him likely to scramble and take advantage of short-yard opportunities, it sounds like his amount of designed runs will continue to be managed by Carolina's coaching staff. While fewer forays out of the backfield could hurt Newton's fantasy value, he'll be most focused this year on improving his career-worst 6.9 yards per attempt from last season.

QCam Newton
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3 months ago1 Comment

Newton will not undergo surgery on his shoulder this offseason.

EDGE Analysis

Newton has been bothered by his shoulder for the past handful of weeks, leaving him as a limited participant in practice most days. The reigning MVP will just need to rest the shoulder over the next few months and should be cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

QCam Newton
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3 months ago

Newton (shoulder) completed 18 of 32 passes for 237 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs. He also gained six yards on three rushes.

EDGE Analysis

In a strangely fitting way, Newton ended a highly disappointing season from both an individual and team perspective with another sub-par performance. He was victimized by Brent Grimes for a pick-six, and safety Keith Tandy also swiped another two of his passes. It was notably Newton's second straight multi-interception game, and third overall in 2016. Newton finishes the season with a mediocre 19:14 TD:INT ratio and just 359 rushing yards, easily a career low.

QCam Newton
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3 months ago

Newton (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton more or less cleared the air regarding his Week 17 availability with a full session Friday, after which backup QB Derek Anderson was ruled out for the regular season finale due to an illness. With Newton under center Sunday, he'll be attempting to avoid a completion percentage below 50 percent for the sixth time in the past seven games.

QCam Newton
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3 months ago

Newton (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Newton was limited prior to putting together a full practice Friday, but as coach Ron Rivera suggested earlier in the week, that involvement should be enough to allow him to play as usual Sunday. His status will still need to be confirmed, of course, but with backup Derek Anderson (illness) already ruled out, the Panthers would be forced to play Joe Webb at quarterback if Newton is unexpectedly unavailable.

QCam Newton
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3 months ago

Head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Newton (shoulder) is in line to play Sunday at Tampa Bay, the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Limited in both official practices to date this week, Newton's availability for Sunday's game hasn't been in question, despite the Panthers having no ability to escape the basement of the NFC South with a victory. On the heels of a dour six-game stretch in which he's failed to complete at least 50 percent of his passes five times, he'll look to wrap a forgettable season on a high note against the Buccaneers' 23rd-ranked pass defense.

QCam Newton
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3 months ago

Newton (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton's practice reps have been capped over the last three weeks due to a right shoulder injury, but his accuracy has been suspect for some time. Over the last six games, he's been held below 50 percent passing on five occasions, compiling a completion percentage of 45.3 during that stretch. There's been no indication that the Panthers will hold Newton back Sunday in Tampa Bay, but his practice participation will continue to shed light on his health.