New­ton un­der­goes shoul­der surgery

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Cam New­ton is at home re­cov­er­ing from surgery to re­pair a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his right shoul­der Thurs­day. Dr. Pat Con­nor per­formed the surgery on the Pan­thers quar­ter­back’s throw­ing shoul­der at Carolinas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Charlotte.

“Dr. Con­nor was pleased with the re­sults of the surgery and Cam is at home rest­ing,” Pan­thers head ath­letic trainer Ryan Ver­mil­lion said.

Ver­mil­lion said New­ton will be­gin his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Mon­day.

New­ton, the NFL’s Most Valu­able Player in 2015, sus­tained the in­jury in a De­cem­ber win over the Charg­ers. The Pan­thers hoped rest dur­ing the off­sea­son would al­low the shoul­der to heal nat­u­rally, but when it didn’t re­spond as ex­pected New­ton de­cided to have surgery.

The Pan­thers have said they ex­pect New­ton will be ready for train­ing camp.

Charg­ers: For­mer Al­lPro run­ning back LaDainian Tom­lin­son re­joined the Charg­ers as a spe­cial as­sis­tant to the owner. Tom­lin­son will be a pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Charg­ers and will par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grams while the fran­chise moves north to Los An­ge­les af­ter 56 sea­sons in San Diego. The 37-yearold Tom­lin­son, who will be in­ducted into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in Au­gust, will con­tinue as an an­a­lyst for NFL Net­work.

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