The Carolina Panthers continue to have a terrible offseason. Their star quarterback Cam Newton is set to have surgery on his ankle and is expected to miss up to four months. Not good news for a team that has already lost a handful of offensive weapons due to free-agency.
Sources have told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the procedure will “tighten ankle ligaments.” Newton has been dealing with ankle issues since he rolled it late in the regular season against the New Orleans Saints. Foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the operation. Newton plans on being ready for training camp but will miss all of the summer practices.
Newtown threw for 3,379 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He had recently been deemed the Panthers “franchise quarterback.” It’s a tough break for the third year, two-time Pro Bowler.
This is just part of Carolina’s troubling offseason that has already seen Newton’s top four receiving targets, including fan favorite Steve Smith, move on from the team. For a Panthers team that won their division a year ago, their promising future has most definitely taken a mighty blow.
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