Allen Kim

Cam Newton Undergoing Ankle Surgery

Created on Mar. 18, 2014 5:30 PM EST

Cam Newton will undergo surgery tomorrow on his ankle by team doctor Robert Anderson, as first reported by Panthers beat writer Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Anderson, who is a foot and ankle specialist, said that the operation is being done in order to “tighten up ligaments” since they were stretched out. Newton is expected to be sidelined for the next four months, which would put his return right around the start of training camp.

Newton originally hurt his ankle in a game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. However, Newton was able to play in Carolina’s Week 17 regular season finale, and he was under center for their lone playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. He also played in the Pro Bowl, so the ankle injury doesn’t appear to have ever been a major concern.

“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.

Newton and the Panthers were likely hoping that the soreness would eventually subside over time, but that’s clearly not the case. The operation isn’t considered to be anything major, and he should be fully healthy by the time training camp is underway.

With what’s shaping up to be an under-talented and new group of receivers in Carolina, this could potentially set their offense back to start the season. Newton won’t have the extra time to work on timing with his new receivers, and he’ll have to rely on the shorter window he’ll get with them during training camp to build some rapport. The Carolina Panthers have struck out on nearly every major free agent receiver, and having just recently cut Steve Smith, their aerial attack will be at a severe disadvantage.