The Carolina Panthers have announced that quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30th.
He sustained the injury in week 14 last season against the Chargers and continued to play in the last three games of the season without missing a single snap in any of them. It is hard to tell why Newton left it so long considering that the injury happened some time ago.
Panthers head trainer Ryan Vermillion attempted to explain:
“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, 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.”
The suggestion is that they were hoping it would heal with rest but as they entered the next stage in his rehab it appears pain while throwing got worst. It will be disappointing for the Panthers as he will now miss the OTAs and will start an “early throwing program” with Vermillion 12 weeks after the surgery takes place.
If that goes to plan then he will start throwing with the team again 4 weeks later. The goal will be to have him back for the start of training camp. Newton’s productivity declined last year throwing for 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
In 2015 he was named league MVP but in 2016 he struggled to reach the same heights. In his defence, the players around him were not great either.