Panthers’ Newton to have surgery on ankle

Updated: March 18, 2014, 5:31 PM ET

By
David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery Wednesday to repair an issue that has lingered since the end of the season.

The surgery will be performed by team physician Robert Anderson, and the recovery is expected to take four months, which means Newton will be back in time for training camp in late July.
Team officials said Newton is expected to miss time in minicamps in late May and June.
Newton nicked his ankle in a Week 16 victory over New Orleans but played in the regular-season finale at Atlanta and in the Panthers’ NFC divisional playoff loss to San Francisco without noticeable issue.
“The ankle was sore after the San Francisco game and we wanted to see if rest would calm it down, but it is still bothering him and the decision was made to address it,” Panthers head trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a team release.
Carolina recently signed backup quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year deal.
Newton is heading into his fourth season. The Panthers have expressed a desire to sign the two-time Pro Bowler to a long-term contract. Newton is eligible for an extension of his original four-year deal under the collective bargaining agreement. The Panthers could pick up a fifth-year option on the quarterback’s current contract.Covered Panthers, NFL for 11 years
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