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March 24, 2014

Rivera: Newton ankle injury likely goes back to Auburn


When Cam Newton started running and working out at Auburn a few weeks ago, the Panthers' franchise quarterback was still experiencing pain in his left ankle.

Newton had lingering pain in the ankle in previous offseasons, but it dissipated through rest and rehab.

This time the pain didn't go away. So Newton called the Panthers, who advised Newton to come to Charlotte to meet with the team doctors.

A week later Newton was on the operating table, undergoing surgery March 19 to tighten the ligaments in his troublesome ankle.

Newton injured his ankle during a Week 15 win against New Orleans, then re-injured it during the playoff loss to San Francisco in January.

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton's ankle issues "probably" date to his time at Auburn, where Newton won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to the 2010 national title during his only season at the school.

"They went through what they do normally. Every year it's been the same thing for the last couple years. This time when he started, after the rest and everything, it wasn't getting as well as fast as it had last time," Rivera said Monday at the NFL owners meetings.

"They went through the (process), looked at it and decided this was the best course of action for him."

Newton is expected to be sidelined four months and will miss all of the organized team activities this spring.

But Rivera said Newton, who is expected to be back for training camp, will have a chance to develop chemistry with the team's new receivers.

The Panthers are in the process of making over their entire receiving corps. They signed Tiquan Underwood and Jerricho Cotchery last week after cutting Steve Smith and losing Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell and Domenik Hixon in free agency.

"There will be a time where they'll get an opportunity to work (with Newton), " Rivera said. "So I'm not really worried about that."

The Panthers also signed former Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb last week. Rivera said the move was about more than having an extra arm behind backup quarterback Derek Anderson during OTAs.

"That's part of it," Rivera said, "but this is a guy that does intrigue us."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM | Permalink


Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 24, 2014 11:03:00 AM

They should've tightened some screws in his head while they were tigntening up those ligaments in his foot.

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 24, 2014 11:46:26 AM

Armanti Edwards is available-

Posted by: Gettleman | Mar 24, 2014 11:50:18 AM

the Draft is going to be very interesting this year!

Posted by: Dom | Mar 24, 2014 11:54:57 AM

really ron Joe Webb intrigues you. come on man!

Posted by: shots956 | Mar 24, 2014 12:26:09 PM

whomever does the "release the Kracken!!!" post, you make me laugh. thanks.

Posted by: gut | Mar 24, 2014 12:49:58 PM

no one -- not one panther whosit -ever gave amanti a shot at qb. one of the great mysteries, lingering long after the fox era.

Posted by: nativedancer | Mar 24, 2014 12:54:53 PM

Rivera is also intrigued by shiny objects. That is why they keep those shades on him ALL THE TIME. So he doesn't lose focus.

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 24, 2014 1:38:09 PM

I agree, that Release the Kraken thing cracks me up every time!

Posted by: dennis | Mar 24, 2014 2:09:00 PM

Hay all whiners. Regardless of the origination of the injury. Good to have it taken care of well before season begins.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 24, 2014 3:49:25 PM

The receiving corp is going to be "Turrible" this year! No offense to those guys either but absent a trade, there will be no #1 or #2 wr on the team heading into the draft, sorry coach but that scares the hell outta me! Cothery is going to have be the #2 but only time will tell whether he will be a legit 2 or a hard #3.

Posted by: Shane | Mar 24, 2014 4:12:13 PM

If they released the Kraken, I would still be there.

Posted by: The Smith | Mar 24, 2014 4:27:12 PM

Cutting Steve Smith and losing Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell and Domenik Hixon in free agency,helped us get rid of the aging players that were either inept, or a distraction. Now I am looking forward to putting together a group that will be much better than the previous one.

Posted by: BlackPanther | Mar 24, 2014 5:03:50 PM

Offense scores points, defense wins championships...Defense scored 11 TDs last season. The WRs, combined for 15. Give Gettleman, Rivera and the coaching staff some credit. Remember, same Wideouts didn't get them to the playoffs with a 1st round bye 2 years ago.

Posted by: West Coast Panther Fan | Mar 25, 2014 1:57:59 PM

Shula keeps Cam too smothered.

Posted by: RD | Mar 25, 2014 3:05:50 PM

Tebow for backup!!!

Posted by: Pearce | Mar 27, 2014 11:06:46 AM

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