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Newton’s ankle had been bothering him for years

Cam Newton, Cameron Wake AP

So how was quarterback Cam Newton able to play in the Pro Bowl with an ankle that required surgery and a four-month recovery?

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Newton’s ankle wasn’t bothering him badly enough to prevent him from playing in the regular season, the postseason, or the Pro Bowl.  He was medically cleared to play in Hawaii, and he was able to play normally.

The ankle, we’re told, nevertheless has been bothering him for several years, dating back to college.  If the season were occurring now, he’d continue to play through it.

The decision was made to operate for the purposes of tightening loose ligaments after Newton rested for 4-6 weeks after the season ended.  After he started working out in preparation for the coming season, the ankle was still bothering him.  The decision was made to conduct the surgery.

So was the surgery a success?  We asked Panthers spokesman Steve Drummond, who provided one of the better answers we’ve ever heard.

“I’m not going to call it a successful surgery,” Drummond said with a laugh, “because that’s what everybody says.”

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11 Responses to “Newton’s ankle had been bothering him for years”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Mar 19, 2014 5:38 PM

    Worst offseason ever.

  2. teal379 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:39 PM

    Since college? Probably dropped a laptop or something on it.

  3. kingfish2013 says: Mar 19, 2014 5:39 PM

    Never be the same.

  4. weepingjebus says: Mar 19, 2014 5:49 PM

    Just a little something he neglected to mention to all the teams interested in drafting a mobile QB.

  5. threefeetaway says: Mar 19, 2014 6:01 PM

    If it’s been bothering him for years then wouldn’t they know after resting it for previous off-seasons that it wouldn’t feel better instead of wasting a couple months I to this offseason?

  6. hyzers says: Mar 19, 2014 6:21 PM

    Excuses.

  7. realnflmaster says: Mar 19, 2014 6:25 PM

    I’m so glad we have Geno Smith as our QB of the future and not some guy with a bum ankle.

  8. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 19, 2014 7:24 PM

    Well he doesn’t have anyone to throw to anyway..

  9. thelastwordyaheard says: Mar 19, 2014 7:26 PM

    note to ankle-breaking QBs; the ankle you break may be your own

  10. Lev says: Mar 19, 2014 7:53 PM

    If this were Tony Romo, they’d call him a ‘Warrior’ and praise him for playing through pain.

    Get well soon Cam!

  11. crawfish2011 says: Mar 19, 2014 8:25 PM

    Let the excuses start right now. Panthers 3-13 confirmed

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