Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered "ligament and cartilage" damage in his right knee in the playoff loss to the Saints, the team announced. We don't have any other details on the injury, but Newton isn't expected to need surgery. "He's fine," team spokesman Steven Drummond said.We'll see if Newton is ready for the start of the offseason program.
Cam missed OTAs because of surgery to his throwing shoulder back in March. But he'll be back on the practice field next week throwing to teammates. "The biggest thing is just getting on the same page where everybody is in sync," said rookie Christian McCaffrey, who will be one of the teammates in attendance . "Nobody is worried about Cam. He’s going to be just fine. He’s a helluva player, a helluva athlete. He’ll adjust real quickly." All eyes will be on Cam when training camp opens. But it's looking likely that the shoulder won't be an issue by the regular season opener.
According to the Panthers, Cam resumed throwing several days ago for the first time since his late-March surgery to his throwing shoulder. Newton said the shoulder joint is not 100%, complaining about some lingering stiffness. But he added "there's no doubt" he'll be fully recovered by training camp in late-July. His fantasy value has never relied on his throwing accuracy -- so a stiff shoulder at this point in the year isn't too alarming. The bigger concern might be the threat of increased injury due to continuous hits on the repaired joint.
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