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Panthers: Surgery on Cam Newton’s ankle successful

Surgery to tighten ligaments in Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s left ankle was successful, the team announced Wednesday.

Newton had surgery at Carolinas Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, and team physician and renowned ankle surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery.

Newton’s expected recovery time is four months, which means he should be ready for training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., in late July.

“Dr. Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well,” Panthers head trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.

Newton experienced soreness in his ankle after the playoff loss to San Francisco on Jan. 12. He spent a half-hour in the trainer’s room following the game.

He played in the 2014 Pro Bowl on Jan. 26. He and the trainers believed rest would allow Newton’s ankle to heal, but as the ankle continued to give him pain throughout the offseason, Newton opted for surgery.

The Panthers will not have Newton for organized team activities in the spring, and the team will go into OTAs with backup Derek Anderson and last year’s practice squad quarterback, Matt Blanchard. Carolina could also add another quarterback for OTAs.

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