Cam Newton will have his partially torn rotator cuff surgically repaired on March 30.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the release, the injury happened in Week 14 when the Panthers were taking on the Chargers. Newton completed the game, and an MRI showed that he had a partially torn rotator cuff.
Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, “As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam’s work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.”
Newton and the Panthers took a step back in 2016 after going 15-1 and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2015. He was 6-8 in 14 starts, throwing for 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
The team had Newton on a schedule to accommodate the injury and help him heal as the offseason progressed, but an increase in pain level forced the team to decide to arthroscopically repair the injury.
“Twelve weeks following surgery, Cam will begin an early throwing program with me,” Vermillion said. “If he progresses well he will start throwing with the team at 16 weeks after surgery and we’ll go from there. Our goal is to have him back at the start of training camp.”
Along with Newton’s injury, the team announced the defensive end Charles Johnson and wide receiver Damiere Byrd were undergoing surgeries on their back and knee, respectively.