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Friday, April 26, 2019

Cam Newton

Cam Newton reveals how badly he was limited by shoulder injury

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent surgery on his troublesome shoulder last month, and the injury was apparently bothering him a lot more than people thought late in the season.

Newton said this week that he was unable to throw the ball more than 30 yards down the field by the end of the 2018 season. He says defenses recognized that and exploited it.

Newton threw just two touchdowns compared to six interceptions over the final three games he played in, and the Panthers eventually decided to shut him down. Now we know why. If the former Auburn star couldn’t throw the ball more than 30 yards, it makes sense that he was subbed out on this play.

The procedure Newton underwent was arthroscopic surgery, so he should be ready well in advance of training camp. But given his history with injuries to his throwing shoulder, nothing is a guarantee.

Cam Newton undergoes arthroscopic surgery on shoulder

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Cam Newton is hoping a minor procedure will help his injured shoulder.

The Carolina Panthers released a statement on Thursday saying that their quarterback underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.

“The procedure was successfully performed by Panthers team physician Dr. Pat Connor. Newton’s rehabilitation process will begin immediately,” the team said in a statement.

The Panthers’ season started off promising at 6-2, but then they lost seven in a row before winning their final game to finish 7-9. Newton’s shoulder began bothering him, which led him to miss practices during the week and play poorly in games. His arm strength was a clear issue, and he even had to be replaced on a Hail Mary. Newton eventually sat out the team’s final two games.

Newton, who is under contract through 2020, should be ready well in advance of training camp.

Panthers owner open to Cam Newton missing season if surgery is needed

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Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is thinking long term with his franchise, and he is open to the idea of Cam Newton missing all of next season if they determine shoulder surgery is needed.

Newton was limited by his shoulder for the second half of the season, which led the Panthers to go from 6-2 to losing seven in a row before finishing 7-9 on the season. They finally shut him down with two weeks left in the season.

Tepper spoke with the media on Tuesday and was asked to compare Newton’s situation with Andrew Luck’s. Luck missed all of the 2017 season while recovering from shoulder surgery and returned to have a successful 2018 season. Tepper thinks the tradeoff is worth it.

“If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that’s what it took, an extra year, why wouldn’t you do [that]?”

“Now we would have to do other things, right? We’d have to go out and get another quarterback. If you could find me some more cap space I’d appreciate that,” Tepper said.

Newton is only 29 and has been a league MVP. He’s a franchise quarterback and one you want to invest in. If it takes a season off to recover from shoulder surgery so Newton can get back to his MVP form, like Tepper says, that would be worthwhile.

Panthers reportedly expected to shut Cam Newton down for season

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Cam Newton has been battling issues with his throwing shoulder for the majority of the 2018 season, and the Carolina Panthers are expected to sideline him because of the lingering injury.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Panthers are planning to sit Newton for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Backup quarterback Tyler Heinicke will start in his place.

The Panthers have lost six in a row to fall to 6-8, and they are still technically alive for a playoff spot but would need a miracle to get in. Head coach Ron Rivera said after Monday night’s loss to the New Orleans Saints that Newton would continue to be evaluated on a weekly basis, but the team obviously feels there’s no need to have him play hurt.

Newton has had issues with his shoulder since undergoing surgery, and he recently provided a troubling update about it. It would not be a surprise if he has another procedure this offseason.

Cam Newton has troubling update about his injured shoulder

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The Carolina Panthers lost their sixth straight game on Monday night, and Cam Newton has clearly been limited by a nagging shoulder injury during the rough stretch. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have any idea how to fix it.

After his team managed just 9 points in a loss to the New Orleans Saints, Newton was asked about the issues he has had with his surgically-repaired shoulder. He admitted his strength is not where it needs to be and nothing he has tried seems to work.

Newton has thrown just two touchdowns compared to six interceptions over the past three games. One of his picks on Monday was a ball that he tried to loft to Devin Funchess in one-on-one coverage, but the pass was badly underthrown. The former NFL MVP has had barely any zip on his throws lately, and the result has been a passer rating of 62.9 in Carolina’s last three games.

While we have seen plenty of concerning signs about Newton’s shoulder health and he may end up needing another procedure this offseason, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after Monday’s loss that there are no plans to shut Newton down.

Panthers not planning to shut down Cam Newton despite shoulder injury

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The Carolina Panthers are not planning to shut down Cam Newton despite having extremely slim playoff chances.

The Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints 12-9 at home on Monday night for their sixth straight defeat. Now that they’ve slipped to 6-8, head coach Ron Rivera was asked after the game whether they would shut down Newton for the final two games. Rivera said no.

“No. What we’re going to do is we’ll see how the week goes like normal,” Rivera said. “We’ll continue to evaluate and we’ll listen to what the doctors have to say. Every week has been the same, and we’ll continue.”

Newton has been bothered by his surgically-repaired shoulder and hasn’t looked close to the form he displayed in his MVP year. He even had to be replaced for a Hail Mary attempt at the end of a game two weeks ago.

Carolina’s backup is Tyler Heinicke, who has only attempted five passes in his career. The Panthers have rolled with an injured Newton for so long they probably figure they might as well continue to go with him.

Here’s what has to happen for them to make the playoffs at this point:

Cam Newton, Panthers absolutely butcher end of first half

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The Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton put on a clinic of what NOT to do at the end of a half.

The Panthers’ defense gave the offense a gift when James Bradberry intercepted Drew Brees with 1:46 left in the half on Monday night. Carolina got the ball at the New Orleans 42 and seemed like a near lock to at least get three points out of the turnover.

Instead, the Panthers could not have executed worse as they ended up without any points.

Carolina ran a reverse to Curtis Samuel, who gained six yards and was tackled inbounds instead of getting out, forcing them to use a timeout. Next the Panthers ran a quarterback draw and Newton rushed for a first down with some nice moves. But he spent time taunting the Saints afterwards and wasted about 10 seconds before calling a timeout. On their next play, Christian McCaffrey took a pass 7 yards and at least went out of bounds to stop the clock.

For a finale, Newton tried for Devin Funchess on a fade pattern in the end zone, but Eli Apple had inside position and got an easy interception.

The Saints gave the Panthers a gift, and Carolina turned it into nothing. That’s how teams knock themselves out of the playoff race.