New­ton to have shoul­der surgery

QB in­jured ro­ta­tor cuff in De­cem­ber; re­hab at­tempt fails.

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The shoul­der no­body — Panthers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton in­cluded — seemed wor­ried about at the end of the 2016 sea­son will now keep New­ton out of up­com­ing off­sea­son train­ing.

New­ton will have surgery on a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff March 30 in Char­lotte. Panthers team doc­tor Pat Con­nor rec­om­mended an arthro­scopic pro­ce­dure, which will be per­formed at Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment Tues­day by the club.

Head trainer Ryan Ver­mil­lion told that New­ton will be­gin a pre­lim­i­nary throw­ing pro­gram 12 weeks af­ter the surgery. The team web­site main­tained he will be ready for the start of train­ing camp, and Ver­mil­lion said New­ton can throw in team drills 16 weeks af­ter surgery if every­thing goes as planned.

New­ton’s in­jury came in Week 14 against the Charg­ers (on Dec. 11), the team site re­ported. Later that week, re­ports sur­faced New­ton had an MRI on his throw­ing shoul­der, and he did not throw that week in prac­tice.

On Dec. 14, New­ton spoke to me­dia and shrugged off his lim­i­ta­tions in prac­tice, and it was “noth­ing to be scary about.”

On Dec. 15, coach Ron Rivera said New­ton had an MRI and it came back clean. The team’s re­port Tues­day con­tra­dicts that state­ment, stat­ing the MRI re­vealed the par­tial tear.

Train­ers planned to let New­ton rest this off­sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the re­port on, and then be­gin a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and treat­ment pro­gram. New­ton had mul­ti­ple MRIs to mon­i­tor his progress, and also vis­ited a re­hab spe­cial­ist in At­lanta, the re­port said.

When New­ton be­gan throw­ing, he re­ported pain in the shoul­der and dif­fi­culty with his throws, Ver­mil­lion told the team site.

Mean­while, vet­eran de­fen­sive end Charles John­son had back surgery Tues­day, the team an­nounced, and sec­ond-year re­ceiver Damiere Byrd will have surgery on his left knee this week to re­pair a torn lat­eral menis­cus.

Saints: Free-agent line­backer Manti Te’o has agreed to a two-year con­tract, mul­ti­ple re­ports said. Te’o, a for­mer Notre Dame star, has played 38 games dur­ing four NFL sea­sons, all with San Diego. Last sea­son, an Achilles in­jury lim­ited Te’o to three games.

It re­mains to be seen how the Saints will use the 26-year-old Te’o. In­cum­bent start­ing mid­dle line­backer Craig Robert­son re­mains on the ros­ter, and New Or­leans also added mid­dle line­backer A.J. Klein in free agency.

Gi­ants: Agreed to terms with vet­eran run­ning back Shaun Draughn, most re­cently of the 49ers, and re-signed mid­dle line­backer Keenan Robin­son. Robin­son, who left Wash­ing­ton to sign with the Gi­ants last sea­son as a free agent, played in all 17 games with seven starts, in­clud­ing the club’s wild-card play­off loss to the Pack­ers.

Steel­ers: Signed free-agent de­fen­sive end Tyson Alu­alu to a two-year con­tract. Alu­alu, 29, spent his first seven sea­sons with the Jaguars but strug­gled to live up to his billing af­ter be­ing drafted 10th over­all in 2010.

Dol­phins: Line­backer Kiko Alonso has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2020. The deal was an­nounced Tues­day as free-agent line­backer Zach Brown con­cluded a two­day visit with­out reach­ing a con­tract agree­ment.

Fal­cons: An­nounced a five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with team pres­i­dent Rich McKay, who will also serve as pres­i­dent of team owner Arthur Blank’s AMB Sports & En­ter­tain­ment.


The Panthers said Cam New­ton hurt his pass­ing shoul­der Dec. 11 against the Charg­ers. The quar­ter­back was lim­ited in prac­tice but played the fi­nal three games of 2016.

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