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Newton to undergo surgery
Ankle procedure scheduled for Wednesday
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:56 pm
by Herbert L. White

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday and will be out until training camp until July.

The Panthers announced Newton will be operated on for soreness in his left ankle, which was injured late in the regular season. The procedure will be done by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson at Carolinas Medical Center and will require a recovery of approximately four months. The joint left Newton in considerable discomfort through the season-ending loss to San Francisco in the NFC playoffs and the medical staff suggested rest in the offseason. It didn’t work.

“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.

With Newton sidelined, he likely won’t participate in organized team activities such as minicamp or summer sessions in Charlotte. Training camp starts in late July in Spartanburg, S.C. 

Carolina signs SS Harper

The Panthers have started the process of rebuilding their secondary with the signing of unrestricted free agent safety Roman Harper to a two-year contract.

Harper, who is 6-1 and 200 pounds, played his first eight seasons with New Orleans, starting 104 of 108 games played along with a pair of Pro Bowl selections (2009, 2010). He has 17 sacks since 2006, which are the most among NFL defensive backs for that time span.

Harper was plagued by a kneed injury in 2013, starting five of nine games with 29 tackles, one interception, one pass defensed and a fumble recovery. For his career, Harper has 730 tackles, seven interceptions, 53 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.  His acquisition fills the void left by Mike Mitchell, who signed with Pittsburgh last week.



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