Cam Newton underwent surgery during the offseason to repair ligaments in his ankle. The intention of the surgery was to tighten the ligaments within the ankle as they were stretched out. Newton was fully cleared for training camp, but he still feels the sharp pains and describes them akin to, "A thump from your mom when you said something that you weren't supposed to." Because of the random spurts of pain, Newton has been seeing less practice time. Wednesday was his shortest amount of time participating at camp and on Thursday he practiced even less. There is no word whether Newton will play any time at all during the Panther's preseason game this Friday night.
Although Newton is still struggling with the pain, it's very possible it could subside before the season begins. He has yet to see any designed running plays in camp in an attempt to protect him from further injury. If the pain does not go away and lingers during the season Newton's big play-making ability will be hampered. One of Newton's highlights is his ability to scramble out of the pocket for a long run, and this injury could certainly affect that. With the lack of options, a healing ankle and worse offensive line, Newton is a risky start every week. He has the talent, but the situation is poor. I would pick up Newton as a QB2 and plug him in sparingly.