Cam Newton did more Tuesday on his surgically repaired ankle than Panthers coach Ron Rivera was expecting, but he won’t be on the practice field for team drills until training camp.
Newton tested his ankle on three- and five-step drops on passes to receivers Tuesday at Panthers mandatory minicamp. After stretching and the short throwing session, he did not participate in any other drills.
“There was an outside chance he’d be able to go full but he’s on track,” Rivera said. “We’re not going to force any issue with him so he was able to do what he was supposed to.”
Rivera said what Newton will likely do the same light throwing on Wednesday and Thursday, the final two days of minicamp. He spent part of organized team activities inside the facilities working on the underwater treadmill.
The Panthers quarterback is 18 weeks removed from surgery that tightened loose ligaments in his ankle. The original timetable had him slated to return by training camp in late July.
“I think I’m on schedule to make a speedy recovery,” Newton said after practice. “We are in the last curve and I am just trying to be smart about it, do everything that the trainers ask of me and more and see where that gets me.”