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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BREAKING: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday

By on 3/18/2014 04:13:00 PM

In the recent days, the Carolina Panthers have lost their starting wide receiver Steve Smith and a myriad of others during the free agency period.  Now it seems as though quarterback Cam Newton will be going under the knife tomorrow, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Picked in the first round in the 2011 draft by Carolina, Newton has a career 11,299 yards, 64 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. The team announced that Newton is scheduled to undergo minor ankle surgery on Wednesday at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Hailing from Auburn, Newton has been a solid quarterback for Carolina, not missing a single game for the Panthers.  His ankle has given him some issues in the past. The procedure itself is more of a precautionary measure, in a way, to help resolve those lingering issues as the surgeon is just going to tighten up the ligaments a bit.

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"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 athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in the team's statement.

Per the Panthers, team physician Robert Anderson will conduct the surgery, which will require a recovery of about four months.

Newton is fully expected to return for training camp after missing some or all organized team activities. 

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