After Cam Newton missed the final weeks of the 2018 NFL season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, there were many who quickly surmised that the Panthers star would need until well into the 2019 season to recover.
Fortunately for the Panthers, Newton’s latest injury update is far more positive than once believed.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Newton could be given the all-clear by as early as training camp. He is expected to be back on the field for the start of the 2019 season.
“The Cam Newton could be ready for training camp after last month’s arthroscopic shoulder surgery and certainly expect the star quarterback to be ready to start the 2019 NFL regular season, a league source told ESPN,” he reports.
Panthers believe Cam Newton could be ready for training camp and will be ready for start of 2019 regular season.https://t.co/0cguMnn5qK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2019
Newton was on pace for one of the best statistical years of his career before the team deactivated him in mid-December.
He finished the season with a career-high 67.9-percent completion rate and 320 completions.
Newton also threw for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns. On the ground he added another four touchdowns and had a 4.8 yards per carry average.
Following a 6-2 start, the Panthers proceeded to lose their next six games with Newton at quarterback.
After suffering the injury, the Panthers turned to quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen for the final two games of the season.
The Panthers finished the season with a 7-9 record.