Updates from Thursday, July 24
Steve Reed of the Associated Press provided an update on Cam Newton's status for training camp:
Rivera on Cam: He will be participating just as much as last training camp. He has been cleared and has looked good. I'm excited to see him.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) July 24, 2014
Ron says Newton did some 7-on-7 drills with some of the team's WRs. I'm excited about having him back.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) July 24, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 25
Newton took to Instagram to provide his fans with an update on his recovery:
Ya boy ACEboog1e excited to be cleared to work out! With a month left until training camp it's no time for half stepping! Thank you to EVERY1 for the support and prayers for my recovery, it's been very frustrating and challenging but Luke 12:48 states "to whom much is given, much is required" and that makes it all worth it! I'm not quite at 100% yet but with the help of the panthers training staff, my personal trainer Nate Costa, and prayers/well wishing support from YOU! ACEboog1e will be ready to boog1e on down by the time we report to training camp! The beautiful bottom pic was of the scenery last night after working out of the Baltimore Harbor at the UA Campus Workout Facility; who couldn't get better in this weather condition!???
Updates from Tuesday, June 17
Ron Rivera spoke about Cam Newton's recovery from ankle surgery and his activity level with the team (via David Newton of ESPN):
#Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton did more than he expected today, which wasn't a lot. No team drills. On track for camp.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) June 17, 2014
Rivera said the main precaution the #Panthers will use with Newton in training camp will be on the amount of runs.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) June 17, 2014
Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer had more information from Rivera and Newton:
“There was an outside chance he’d be able to go full but he’s on track,” Rivera said. “We’re not going to force any issue with him so he was able to do what he was supposed to.”
Rivera said what Newton will likely do the same light throwing on Wednesday and Thursday, the final two days of minicamp. He spent part of organized team activities inside the facilities working on the underwater treadmill.
“I think I’m on schedule to make a speedy recovery,” Newton said after practice. “We are in the last curve and I am just trying to be smart about it, do everything that the trainers ask of me and more and see where that gets me.”
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
Cam Newton spoke about his ankle and his recovery during a press conference on Monday (via the Panthers, Jonathan Jones and Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer):
QB @CameronNewton: "Physically, I'm coming along fine. Mentally, I'm bored...I wish I could be out there."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 11, 2014
Cam: sometimes I feel 100 percent. Then I'm walking and hit a stone and I'm humbly reminded— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) June 11, 2014
Cam says he hopes he can participate in some capacity in minicamp next week.— Joe Person (@josephperson) June 11, 2014
Cam says he's still same weight as last offseason, doing what he can in the weight room.— Joe Person (@josephperson) June 11, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 6
The Panthers have an update on Newton's recovery:
Updates from Wednesday, May 28
David Newton of ESPN provides an update on Cam Newton's return:
#Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn't rule out Cam Newton participating in mini camp June 16-19.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) May 28, 2014
Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer provided more details on Newton:
He watched from behind the huddle as backups Derek Anderson, Joe Webb and Matt Blanchard quarterbacked the second- and third-string offenses.
Newton occasionally threw the ball on the sideline, and after practice he threw from a stationary position to receivers Kelvin Benjamin, Philly Brown, Kealoha Pilares and tight end Marcus Lucas.
“He’s been doing it for the last few days—throwing the ball on the side,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He’s been looking good, he really has. And I’m excited about it. He says that foot is getting stronger and stronger every day so we’re excited about what’s happening for him.”
Rivera wouldn’t say if Newton is ahead of schedule. The initial four-month timetable for his return places Newton back in time for the start of training camp in late July.
But he added he wouldn’t be surprised to see Newton take a greater role by mid-June when Carolina begins mandatory minicamp.
The Panthers' official Twitter feed adds more:
Updates from Wednesday, May 14
Cam Newton updated fans on his recovery from ankle surgery with a post in his Instagram account with the caption:
ACEboog1e #BEATS&c1eats thanks for all the prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery; 1st day out of the BOOT I had to share!! ready for rehab!!
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Ron Rivera discussed Cam Newton's ankle surgery and how it will impact him on the field (via NFL.com's Around the League):
Ron Rivera says ankle surgery won't change how Cam Newton plays.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) April 29, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Steve Reed of the Associated Press has the latest on Newton's status:
Newton: The ankle is great. The boot is just for precautionary reasons.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) April 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
Panthers' optional offseason workouts begin today. QB Cam Newton will be traveling from Auburn for ankle rehab during parts of next few wks.— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 21, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 3
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer provides a statement from Cam Newton's agent, Bus Cook, discussing the Panthers' quarterback's recovery:
“He’s doing fine,” Cook said from the stands at Williams-Brice Stadium. “I mean, Cam’s a big, strong, tough kid. So he’ll be fine.”
Updates from Monday, March 24
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer provides a statement from Panthers head coach Ron Rivera discussing Cam Newton's injury status:
Ron Rivera said Newton's ankle issues "probably" date to his time at Auburn, where Newton won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to the 2010 national title during his only season at the school.
"They went through what they do normally. Every year it's been the same thing for the last couple years. This time when he started, after the rest and everything, it wasn't getting as well as fast as it had last time," Rivera said Monday at the NFL owners meetings.
"They went through the (process), looked at it and decided this was the best course of action for him."
Person continued with a synopsis of Rivera discussing when fans should expect Newton to return to the field:
Newton is expected to be sidelined four months and will miss all of the organized team activities this spring.
But Rivera said Newton, who is expected to be back for training camp, will have a chance to develop chemistry with the team's new receivers.
Updates from Wednesday, March 19
NFL: Around the League provides an update on Cam Newton's surgery and recovery:
Panthers say Cam Newton’s surgery went well: “Dr. Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well”— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) March 19, 2014
First, the Carolina Panthers lost all their wide receivers via free agency. Now, the guy who's supposed to throw the ball to what few wideouts are left is going in for surgery. Needless to say, it's not a great start to the offseason for Carolina.
The team confirmed that star quarterback Cam Newton is set to have ankle surgery on Wednesday, per Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer:
Panthers confirm Cam Newton having ankle surgery tomorrow in Charlotte.— Joe Person (@josephperson) March 18, 2014
Team doctor and renowned foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson will perform the surgery. I'm told it is to "tighten up the ligaments."— Joe Person (@josephperson) March 18, 2014
The Panthers said that Newton has been dealing with ankle soreness since the season ended:
Cam Newton will undergo an ankle procedure Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center for soreness that has existed since the end of the season.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 18, 2014
The star QB could be out for four months:
The surgery will be done by #Panthers team physician Robert Anderson and will require a recovery of approximately four months.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 18, 2014
With that timetable, Newton would be out until around July or August. That would mean that the Panthers might not have their starting QB for the first game of the preseason. At the very least, he's likely to miss organized team activities, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
Likely to miss most or all of OTAs. Back by camp RT @josephperson: Panthers confirm Cam Newton having ankle surgery tomorrow in Charlotte.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2014
Team Stream Now brings us more insight into Newton's surgery and recovery:
ESPN Stats and Info sheds light on just how much contact Newton has endured over the course of the last three seasons:
Cam Newton to have ankle surgery. Over last 3 seasons, no QB has been sacked or hit while throwing/rushing more times than Newton (353)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 18, 2014
This news is the cherry on top of what has been a terrible offseason for Carolina. Jordan Gross retired, and almost every receiver on the books in 2013 has gone elsewhere, crippling the offense.
At least now that Newton needs surgery, things can't get much worse.