Newton (shoulder) is slated to be a full participant when the Panthers open training camp July 24, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton struggled with shoulder pain throughout much of last season, eventually sitting out the final two weeks once Carolina fell out of playoff contention. He then had an arthroscopic procedure in January to remove scar tissue that built up after his 2017 surgery on a torn rotator cuff. Team physician Pat Connor was optimistic after he performed the January procedure, noting that cartilage damage in the shoulder was much less severe than he originally suspected. Newton resumed throwing footballs in May and was spotted throwing passes up to 20-25 yards during June minicamp. With his offseason routine impacted by the recovery process, the 30-year-old quarterback shifted his focus to losing weight, dropping down to around 240 pounds while utilizing a new trainer and a vegan diet. The Panthers likely will limit Newton's practice reps throughout the summer and possibly into the regular season.
Newton (shoulder) increased his throwing range to approximately 20 yards Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Newton also threw to moving targets rather than stationary ones, but he still has a ways to go before he's cleared to practice with teammates. It should happen early in training camp, if not at the very beginning, as he'll have time to build up arm strength over the next six weeks. Based on pictures circulating around Twitter, Newton appears to have successfully lost weight in the offseason with help from a new trainer and a vegan diet.
Newton (shoulder) has begun throwing again for the first time since his offseason surgery, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton hasn't thrown in full-team OTA practices but has started overhand throwing regulation-sized footballs again during his rehab, which is a positive sign in his recovery process. It's unclear if he'll be able to throw during reps with his teammates at OTAs or minicamp, but it's expected that he'll be participating in most workouts when training camp rolls around.
Newton (shoulder) hasn't been throwing during the first two days of OTAs, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Newton is coming off January surgery to repair his throwing shoulder after missing the final two games of the 2018 season. All reports regarding his recovery have been positive thus far, but it's not clear if Newton will be throwing much during OTAs at any point over the next three weeks. Even if he doesn't at all, Newton would still have one more chance -- the Panthers' mandatory minicamp from June 11 to 13 -- to get some live reps in before training camp.
Newton (shoulder) hopes to resume throwing footballs before training camp, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "I'm feeling great now," Newton said. "I feel like I do have full strength right now. But me telling the doctor that is different than, you know, whatever the clearance process may be."
Newton had arthroscopic surgery in January after missing the final two games of 2018. The shoulder injury impacted his arm strength during the second half of the season, coinciding with Carolina's slide from a 6-2 record to a 7-9 finish. Newton's arthroscopic procedure in January included the removal of scar tissue that was left over from the surgery he had on a partially torn rotator cuff during the 2017 offseason. He's confident he won't have any more setbacks with his throwing shoulder, but the Panthers presumably will take a cautious approach leading up to Week 1. Even if everything goes according to plan, Newton is unlikely to get his usual reps during training camp and the preseason. In the meantime, he's trying to drop his weight down to around 237 pounds with the help of a vegan diet and a new personal trainer. Newton weighed 248 at the 2011 combine and was listed at 245 last season.
General manager Marty Hurney said Newton (shoulder) has increased his range of motion this offseason, but the quarterback has yet to throw a football, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Coach Ron Rivera offered similar comments in January and it seems Newton only continued to make progress as the offseason went on. While the quarterback remains without a timetable to resume throwing footballs, the Panthers have expressed nothing but optimism over Newton's recovery thus far and there doesn't appear to be any concern whatsoever about his Week 1 availability. Newton will be four months removed from arthroscopic shoulder surgery when OTAs kick off next month and six months removed before training camp starts in late July.
Coach Ron Rivera reiterated the Panthers are happy with Newton's recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing shoulder, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. "We're really pleased with his workouts," Rivera said. "Reports we got have been all positive. I look forward to seeing him soon, but just very happy that things are trending in the right direction."
Newton looked like the quarterback of yore through Week 12 of last season, but lingering soreness in the shoulder ultimately proved too much to overcome, forcing the Panthers to shut him down after a paltry 131-yard, one-interception effort Week 15 against the Saints. He went under the knife Jan. 24, and every comment made by Rivera regarding Newton's rehab in the meantime has oozed with optimism. It's unclear if Newton will be able to fit in much, if any, work during the offseason program, but he nonetheless appears to be on track for the 2019 campaign.
The Panthers are pleased with Newton's rehab from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, ESPN's David Newton reports. "From what I've gotten in reports, Cam's progress has been very good," coach Ron Rivera noted. "He's been getting all his workouts in. Just knowing that gives you a little bit of confidence going forward."
Given the encouraging reports surrounding Newton's recovery, the team currently has no plans to seek veteran QB help in free agency. The Panthers are expected to re-sign restricted free agent Taylor Heinicke, while 22-year-old Kyle Allen remains under contract with the team. Additionally, it appears as though one of Newton's key targets, tight end Greg Olsen, will remain with the franchise, despite offers to move into the broadcasting field.
The Panthers expect Newton (shoulder) to be ready to start the 2019 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Newton played through a shoulder injury for a bulk of the 2018 campaign, and although he'll likely be back for Week 1, the Panthers appeared slightly less certain about Newton being healthy to begin training camp after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove excess scar tissue in January. This also casts doubt that Newton will be fully available for the offseason program which begins in April and runs through stretches during May and June. Newton had a solid season despite the injury, so he'll have plenty to build off of when he can get back to full participation.
Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Newton "has gotten a lot of range of motion back" in his right throwing shoulder, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Rivera's comments come on the heels of Newton exuding positive thoughts about his recent arthroscopic surgery, which included cleaning out excess scar tissue but otherwise was minimally invasive. "It's better than I thought it would be," Newton told 680 The Fan Atlanta on Wednesday. He played through the injury for a large portion of the 2018 season, but the Panthers opted to shut him down after Week 15 due to three shoddy performances in a row. With the offseason program roughly three months into the future, Newton will put all of his efforts into rehabilitation for the time being.
Newton said his Jan. 24 shoulder procedure went better than he expected, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "It's better than I thought it would be," Newton said Wednesday. "With so much going on throughout this season, I was in fear to see what actually was wrong.''
The scope was performed by team physician Pat Connor, who previously operated on Newton's partially torn rotator cuff in March 2017. The 29-year-old quarterback is sure to have limitations during the offseason program, but he should have a chance to regain full strength in his problematic right shoulder before the start of training camp. There were signs of progress in his first season working under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, as Newton entered December carrying a 69.6 completion percentage with 7.5 yards per pass attempt and a 22:7 TD:INT. The shoulder issue caught up to him in the final month of the season, contributing to three consecutive subpar outings before he was shut down for the year.
Newton underwent what was described as a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right (throwing) shoulder Thursday, the Panthers' official site reports.
The report adds that the QB's rehab process will begin immediately, but at this time there hasn't been an estimated time of recovery for Newton. Given the timing of the procedure, Newton has a good deal of time to recover in advance of training camp, but it's unclear at this stage when he'll be able to resume football activities.
Owner David Tepper admitted Tuesday that a decision hasn't been made regarding surgery on Newton's right throwing shoulder, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We have to recognize we may have to do things through the year if it doesn't [get better]," Tepper said. "We have to make sure we have our options in all ways possible."
Upon first glance at his game log from the 2018 season, Newton was more or less himself for most of it, accounting for at least two touchdown passes in each game from Week 2 through Week 13. On top of that impressive run, he posted a career-high 67.9 completion percentage, averaged 4.8 yards per carry, and scored four TDs on the ground. After Week 7, he regularly was rested in practice due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder, and the lack of reps seemed to catch up to him in his final two appearances Weeks 14 and 15, the latter of which was a 131-yard performance with no touchdowns and one interception on 16-for-29 passing. The Panthers opted to shut down Newton thereafter, leading to Taylor Heinicke (elbow) and Kyle Allen (shoulder) getting starts down the stretch. The initial remedy for Newton appears to be rest, but Tepper's comments indicate a procedure will be considered if his condition doesn't improve in a timely manner.
Newton (shoulder) finished the 2018 regular season with 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions through the air and 101 carries for 488 yards and four scores on the ground in 14 games played.
Newton started brilliantly under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, passing for 15 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions through Carolina's first eight games. All four of his rushing scores also came over that span, which coincided with six wins. However, as soreness in his throwing shoulder became more of an issue, Newton and the Panthers offense stalled during the second half. The signal caller was picked off in each of his last six appearances, including four times in Week 13. Newton also didn't account for a touchdown after that disastrous outing, contributing toward an agonizing six-game losing streak that led to him being shut down with two weeks remaining and Carolina eliminated from playoff contention. Fortunately, since scans revealed no structural damage, Newton is expected to avoid surgery this offseason, an especially relieving development considering he already underwent surgery to repair a partially torn right rotator cuff following the 2016 campaign. Assuming his shoulder heals as expected, Newton will aim to build on a season that still saw him post by far his best completion percentage (67.9) while averaging two touchdowns per game. Although lingering concerns over his durability -- as well as the emergence of second-team All-Pro tailback Christian McCaffrey -- resulted in the second-fewest rushing yards of his career, Newton remains a dynamic dual threat when healthy, and getting back to 100 percent should be his top priority this offseason.
Newton isn't expected to require another surgery on his sore right shoulder after recent scans detected no structural damage, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Newton suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in the shoulder late in the 2016 campaign and ultimately required a procedure after that season. The signal-caller has gone on to start the Panthers' subsequent 30 regular-season contests, but that streak will come to an end Sunday against the Falcons after Carolina elected to shut Newton down earlier in the week. Newton has noticed pronounced weakness in the shoulder throughout the second half of the season and was shut down after the Week 15 loss to New Orleans ended the team's playoff hopes. Fortunately for Newton, it sounds like he'll be able to treat the injury with rest and rehab and should be at full strength by the time OTAs commence. Taylor Heinicke is slated to start the Panthers' final two games of 2018.
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Wednesday that Newton (shoulder) will miss the final two games of the season, adding that a healthy Taylor Heinicke gives the team a better chance to win, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Rivera may actually be right about the 25-year-old Heinicke, who has attempted just five passes in the NFL since going undrafted out of Old Dominion back in 2015. It's a testament to how bad Newton looked in the 12-9 loss to the Saints on Monday, when he managed just 4.5 yards per pass attempt and showed little ability to push the ball downfield. The health of Newton's right shoulder is sure to be one of the major storylines of the upcoming NFL offseason. The Panthers haven't commented on a recovery plan or timeline, though prior reports suggested Newton wouldn't require another surgery.
The Panthers are expected to hold out Newton (shoulder) for the rest of the 2018 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since Week 8, Newton has made regular appearances on the Panthers' injury reports due to lingering discomfort in his right throwing shoulder. Despite Newton playing through the pain, six consecutive losses and a poor performance Week 15 against the Saints seem to have forced the Panthers' hand. As evidence, during his absence from practice Wednesday, Newton wasn't wearing cleats and didn't have other practice gear, which hasn't been par for the course when he previously didn't practice this season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer. If Rapoport's report comes to fruition, the Panthers will turn over the offense to fourth-year quarterback Taylor Heinicke.
Newton (shoulder) was held out of practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
If coach Ron Rivera is to be believed, the Panthers are in the midst of evaluating whether or not to shut down Newton for the season. "It's a tough situation right now," Rivera told Steve Reed of the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate." Lingering soreness in Newton's right throwing shoulder is to blame, resulting in his third-fewest yards (131) and lowest yards per attempt (4.5) in a given game in his career during Monday's loss to the Saints. At the moment, Taylor Heinicke is the only other signal-caller on Carolina's 53-man roster.
Coach Ron Rivera hasn't ruled out Newton sitting the final two games of the season due to a lingering injury to his right throwing shoulder, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. "It's a tough situation right now," Rivera said Tuesday. "Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate."
The stats don't lie during the Panthers' current six-game losing streak. After throwing picks in just three out of the first eight contests of the season, he's tossed at least one interception in each of the six recent defeats. Perhaps more striking is accounting for his fewest passing yards (131 on Monday) since Week 4 of the 2015 season and lowest yards per attempt (4.5) in 123 career appearances. After the Week 15 loss to the Saints, Newton relayed that he's undergone certain treatments, including taking anti-inflammatories, receiving massages, and attempting acupuncture. Moreover, his practice reps have been capped to keep his right shoulder as fresh as possible. This latter point may be the reason his rapport with Panthers pass catchers diminished enough to account for Monday's dismal performance. Whether this proves to be the nadir remains to be seen, but the Panthers may opt to shut down Newton sooner than later with his long-term health in mind. Currently, Taylor Heinicke is the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster, while undrafted rookie Kyle Allen is on the practice squad.
Newton admitted after Monday's game against the Saints that he's still battling constant soreness with his right shoulder, David Newton of ESPN reports.
Newton completed just 16 of his 29 passes for 131 yards and an interception, with a number of underthrows seemingly the product of his shoulder issues, though he wasn't willing to place the blame on it. He's turned in arguably two of his worst efforts of the season in the last two weeks, completing a season-low 55 percent of his passes Monday while failing to throw a touchdown pass for the second time in as many weeks. With the Panthers' playoff odds nearing zero, Newton might rest his shoulder over the final two games. The team hasn't mentioned that at this point, however.
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