Lingering pain led to Cam Newton decision to have surgery

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The Panthers were hoping to avoid surgery on their MVP quarterback.

But as weeks of rehab passed and Cam Newton was still having pain after his Week 14 shoulder injury, they decided they couldn’t wait any longer.

Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion told the team’s official website that as they started ramping up Newton’s throwing in recent weeks, he started to have more pain in his right (throwing) shoulder.

“We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March,” Vermillion said. “Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage – the strengthening stage, the throwing stage – he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing.

“As a result, Dr. Pat Connor (head team physician) felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder.”

Newton continued to play after the injury which came against the Chargers, though the Panthers were well out of playoff contention and other players such as linebacker Luke Kuechly were held out after being cleared.

Vermillion said Newton will begin throwing 12 weeks after surgery, and could start throwing with the team at 16 weeks. That makes the beginning of training camp a possibility if everything goes according to schedule, but also leaves a major unaswered question for a team in some state of offensive flux.

43 responses to “Lingering pain led to Cam Newton decision to have surgery

  1. Cam’s “pain” comes from the shame of showing his true colors when he first refused to even try to recover his own fumble in the SB followed by pouting in the press conference following the game. It was a defining moment in his career.

  2. Cam got somewhat lucky in 2015 and now its back to the inconsistent play that has followed him his entire career..

  3. sobceo says:
    Mar 21, 2017 3:22 PM
    Its a race between him and Carr as the “FACES” of the NFL..
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    That’s not much of a race, one serves the NFL with class and the other is a heatless selfish Diva.

  4. It’s a shame he won’t be ready to welcome some new targets during OTA’s but Cam will be fine. Maybe a pain-free condition will allow him to get back to MVP form. I’m not worried.

  5. Lingering pain complements of the Denver Bronco’s. BTW crying about getting hit guarantees more hits.

  6. I’m no Cam apologizers, but he hurt his shoulder earlier in the season which caused throwing issues all year long. You could visably see he was in pain after most plays late in the year. Couple this with the countless head-shots, and you have legit reasons for a sub-par season. Having 12 different starters on our O-Line throughout the year didn’t help either. Oh well, here’s to a fast recovery.

  7. Requiring shoulder surgery is no a surprise… Since Denver showed everyone how to beat him is to beat the crap out of him!
    The dude takes a tremendous beating (most legit hits, but plenty are not), but as long as he keeps whining about it to the press and losing games, it will not get any better for him until he learns to change up his game.

  8. Any time the Doctors don’t mention the direct shoulder issue , it means torn Labrum.
    See you when you are back to somewhat normal in 2018 Cam.

  9. “their MVP quarterback.”

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    man – that seems like a long time ago.

  10. This article makes no mention that the surgery was to repair torn rotator cuff. Its been my understanding for years that a ‘tear’ has to be surgically repaired. This was supposedly discovered by an MRI soon after the game in which the injury occurred. It seems irresponsible to have wasted so much time trying to let a tear heal naturally.

  11. Lingering pain led to Cam Newton decision to have surgery
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    Not exactly. The decision was made because of “impending work”. The surgery is the means to avoid it.

  12. Too bad the surgeons didn’t give him a sportsmanship transplant and removed an over abundance of chumpness.

    This clown has shown all he will ever be.

    The end of this story will never be pretty.

  13. ihatedansnyder says:

    Mar 21, 2017 3:24 PM

    You can not be a running QB and survive for a long time in the NFL. Exception: Russell Wilson
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    Russell Wilson is hardly a “running QB” he’s a pretty damn good pocket passer as well who just happens to be a great scrambler when he needs to use it.

    If your going to call Wilson a running QB, then you’d also have to categorize Aaron Rodgers as a running QB.

  14. Cam is a sham. Denver broke him in back to back games. He doesnt care about winning, only media presence and perhaps his new fashion line of mens clothing “”Fly or DiE.”

    Very shaky character. His team mates dont trust him.

    Fact!

  15. I guess this makes your “business decision” not to recover your own fumble…
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    Yes, I’m sure during that half-second he carefully weighed all options, consulted his agent, called his dad, and prayerfully made a “business decision” not to dive. Be smarter and keep hating.

  16. Very shaky character. His team mates dont trust him.
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    Hmmm. Then why do teammates and coaches consistently praise him publicly?

  17. So you treat the MVP like a participation trophy or being an ex-president – once you get it, you’re labeled that for life?

    Pretty soon you’ll be referring to people like “Trent Dilfer, their 3rd runner up in the Jackson elementary school 3 legged race” – well, who’s kidding who, Dilfer never got to that level, but you see my point.

    Cam WAS an MVP, he’s not currently the MVP.

  18. “Yes, I’m sure during that half-second he carefully weighed all options, consulted his agent, called his dad, and prayerfully made a “business decision” not to dive. Be smarter and keep hating.”

    I’m sure during that half-second he just pulled the coward card and didn’t want to get hit again. Does that make you feel better?

  19. I guess he is just trying to prove to us fans that he has the toughness to withstand the physical and mental injuries associated with playing in the NFL. Or, the medical people have an agenda (algorithm) for handling these types of injuries

    If surgery was an option 2 months ago, he be would be way ahead of schedule had it been done back then instead of waiting until now.

    Sorry to say, I feel that “Stuff” continually gets in the way of Cam’s success. Contrary to the likes of Montana, Young, Bradshaw, Rothlesberger, Favre, Elway, Aikman, and many others who had their ups and downs, but eventually had the success that we all look up to.

    Keep pounding, find some more “Hog Mollies”, and show us your real “Stuff” Cam.

  20. I can so easily picture that whiny wince on his face (while chewing 7 pieces of Dentyne Ice) with every single throw….

    Bleh

  21. I’m sure during that half-second he just pulled the coward card and didn’t want to get hit again. Does that make you feel better?
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    It seems the anonymous online toughguy calling an NFL QB a coward is probably the one whose shallow feelings need attention – not mine.

  22. I am NOT a Panthers fan, but I have to say that Cam Newton is as tough as any QB out there. The dude gets wailed on , but he plays every play of every game.

    I respect the toughness and the ability.

    Get better soon Cam!

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