If you've been paying attention, you know the Panthers basically have zero wide receivers they can depend on. Now, they won't have their star quarterback around for some time. The Panthers have confirmed Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday, and the recovery will take up to four months. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer has been told that the surgery will "tighten up the ligaments" in the ankle that Newton injured late last season. Panthers head trainer Ryan Vermillion said the ankle had been bothering Newton since Carolina's playoff loss to the 49ers.
In case you were wondering, Derek Anderson is the Panthers' backup quarterback.
That four-month timetable means Newton should be ready for the start of training camp, but any kind of setback will cause him to miss important reps. Newton needs as much time as possible to gain a rapport with a brand-new set of wideouts. We'll be tracking Newton's rehab throughout the summer, but between this and the dearth of WRs in Carolina, his stock is pointing straight down for the moment. That can change if the Panthers scoop up some quality targets for Newton with what's left on the open market and in the draft.