This week has been a tumultuous one for the Carolina Panthers. Days after firing Ron Rivera, the team’s head coach since 2011, it is now being reported that Cam Newton will have foot surgery.
Newton suffered a lisfranc injury in his foot back in Week 2. The team hoped that he would return a few weeks later, but in November it made the decision to place him on injured reserve, when it became clear that the situation wasn’t improving.
That decision was aided by Kyle Allen’s impressive play earlier in the year. The second-year quarterback has come back to Earth in recent weeks, though overall the team has to be pretty pleased with how the former undrafted free agent has acquitted himself.
Cam Newton’s future with the team is up in the air. The Panthers can get out from under his contract and save about $19 million by releasing him ahead of next season. He’s also been floated as a potential off-season trade candidate, for teams looking for potential high-level solutions at quarterback.
Newton has spent much of the last two seasons injured, but looked great when he was healthy in 2018.
Now, according to multiple reports, Cam Newton will have surgery on his foot to help along his recovery from the lisfranc injury. From The Charlotte Observer:
“Quarterback Cam Newton will have surgery on his left foot, per a source. He suffered the Lisfranc injury in the team’s third preseason game, vs. the Patriots. He played the first two games of the regular season, both losses, but did not play again.
“The Panthers placed him on injured reserve on November 5, which raises questions of why it took so long for Newton to elect to go the surgical route.
“Recovery from this type of surgery could take anywhere from 6-10 weeks or longer depending on the injury. There have been many questions about Newton’s future in Carolina. Tuesday owner David Tepper spoke on Newton, saying that it was unknown if the Panthers would also be moving on from their quarterback of nine years.”
The Panthers will have one of the busiest off-seasons of any NFL team, especially if it ultimately elects to go in a different direction at quarterback.