Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spent part of Monday’s OTA practice stretching his surgically repaired throwing shoulder – as well as his vocal cords.
A bystander through the first two-plus weeks of OTAs following offseason surgery, Newton was back to his animated, training-camp self Monday. In other words, he spent a good chunk of the two-hour practice yelling at the defense whenever his offensive teammates would make a play.
Newton will get to do more than yell during next week’s minicamp.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton is expected to throw next week for the first time since his March surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.
It likely won’t be during team drills. The throwing session figures to be on the side, under the direction of trainer Ryan Vermillion.
But it’s another step in Newton’s rehab, which Rivera says remains on schedule.
“He’s had a good rehab program, going very nicely,” Rivera said. “I’m excited about what he’s doing.”
Newton is coming off the worst year of his career. He played through the shoulder injury the last three weeks of the season, and said he needed to take a sabbatical from football.
The Panthers hoped rest and rehab would allow Newton’s shoulder to heal. But when he was still experiencing pain in March, the decision was made to have surgery.
The Panthers have said all along that Newton should be ready for the start of training camp next month if he continues to progress on schedule.
Next week should give everyone a better idea of where Newton is in his recovery.