Cam Newton Injury: Updates on Panthers Star's Ankle and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer provides an update on Cam Newton's status:

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10

Steve Reed of the Associated Press provides the latest on Cam Newton's injury:

Updates from Thursday, July 24

Steve Reed of the Associated Press provided an update on Cam Newton's status for training camp:

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):

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):

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:

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):

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

Steve Reed of the Associated Press has the latest on Newton's status:

Updates from Monday, April 21 

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports Cam Newton's updated rehab schedule following offseason ankle surgery:


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:

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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:

The Panthers said that Newton has been dealing with ankle soreness since the season ended:

The star QB could be out for four months:

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:

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:

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.