By: Kento Kato
The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback, Cam Newton will have surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. The former MVP will be sidelined for for off-season workouts but reports point to him being ready for the start of training camp. While the surgery is recent news, apparently, he sustained the injury in a week 14 game. He was able to finish the game but an MRI the following week revealed the injury.
So why is he having the surgery now? Ryan Vermillion, head athletic trainer of the Carolina Panthers, explains, “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. 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.”
He will be unable to throw for about 12 weeks but as Vermillion puts it, Newton will still be able to work on his conditioning and working out the rest of his body.