Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw live routes to wide receivers Friday afternoon for the first time in nearly two weeks.
Newton fired passes to Kelvin Benjamin and his other wideouts for about 10 minutes during the individual portion of Friday’s practice at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium.
It was the first time Newton attempted live throws at training camp since July 30, when trainers pulled him near the end of practice because of arm fatigue.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday was a step in what is expected to be a gradual process as the medical staff tries to get Newton ready for the regular season.
Asked if the Week 1 game at San Francisco was the target for Newton, Rivera said: “We'll see. Every day's a new day. As long as he continues to progress, we'll keep doing what we're doing.”
Newton underwent surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff in March after injuring his shoulder near the end of last season. He participated in the first five practices at Wofford before developing pain in his shoulder.
The individual work was Newton’s only real action during the two-hour practice. After he threw to the wideouts, head trainer Ryan Vermillion helped Newton stretch his arm as the medical staff continues to work on Newton’s range of motion in his shoulder.
Rivera was noncommittal when asked whether Newton in either of the upcoming preseason games at Tennessee (Aug. 19) and Jacksonville (Aug. 24).
Rivera said he would not have a problem if Newton doesn’t play in any preseason games, if that is the recommended course of action.
“I'd be OK with it,” Rivera said. “We're going to do exactly what the trainers and the doctors allow us to do.”