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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Panthers Injury Update: Cam Newton cleared, Ed Kugbila out for the year

By on 7/24/2014 05:18:00 PM

Carolina Panthers starting QB Cam Newton was officially cleared Thursday to fully participate in Panthers’ training camp.

Charlotte Observer reporter Joe Person reported the news first this morning via twitter. Gettleman: Cam Newton has been fully cleared.

This news comes just four months after Newton received surgery on his injured ankle.

 According to a report from, “Newton underwent surgery on his left ankle on March 19 to repair ligament damage. He spent most of Carolina's official offseason workouts rehabbing his ankle rather than participating in team drills. On the first two days of Carolina's minicamp last month, Newton took three- and five-step drops when participating in passing drills. On the final day, June 19, he did his first passing of the off-season with defenders on the other side of the ball when he participated in seven-on-seven drills.”

In his short three year career out of Auburn University, Newton has shown to be an incredibly valuable asset to the Panthers, averaging 3,766 yards, a 59.8 completion percentage and 21.3 touchdowns through the air, while adding 677.3 yards and 9.3 touchdowns on the ground.

Now that Newton is cleared for training camp, he can actually develop connections with all of his new receivers and hopefully be back to normal before week one commences.

In other news, Panthers second string OG Edmund Kugbila will miss the entire 2014 NFL season due to an apparent back injury.

In a press conference with reporters, GM Dave Gettleman stated “Edmund Kugbila unfortunately has had a setback. Edmund’s actually going to have back surgery. I feel awful for the kid. This kid has done absolutely everything we’ve asked him to do and he just can’t catch a break. He’s actually having surgery up in New York I think August 8th and he’ll be done for the year.”

After being drafted in the fourth round out of Valdosta State, Kugbila was able to show promise, however multiple injuries to his hamstring and now his back have paused his NFL career.

Although Amini Silatolu will be starting at LG this season, the Panthers are now without a solid second string guard. At this point in the off-season, it seems like either Michael Jasper or Oscar Johnson will end up with the back-up role in the Panthers’ 14th-ranked offensive line.

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