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char­lotte, n.c.» Panthers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton’s off­sea­son “sab­bat­i­cal” is go­ing to be a lit­tle longer than ex­pected.

New­ton will un­dergo surgery on March 30 to re­pair a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his right throw­ing shoul­der, ac­cord­ing to team spokesman Steve Drum­mond. Drum­mond said Tues­day New­ton will miss mini­camp and or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties, but is ex­pected to be ready for the start of train­ing camp in late July.

The 27-year-old New­ton in­jured his shoul­der in Week 14 of last sea­son against the Charg­ers. He fin­ished the game — and the sea­son— for Carolina with­out miss­ing a snap. The Panthers hoped rest and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would solve the prob­lem, but ul­ti­mately it was de­ter­mined the 2015 NFL Most Valu­able Player needed surgery.

New­ton was un­avail­able for com­ment.

The six-year NFL vet­eran has been re­hab­bing the shoul­der in At­lanta.

A tired-look­ing New­ton said af­ter Carolina’s fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game, which ended a 6-10 sea­son, that the team needed a “sab­bat­i­cal” from football af­ter a run of three straight NFC South cham­pi­onships.

Lynch’s re­turn on hold.

Mar­shawn Lynch’s agent said his client misses football, but they haven’t dis­cussed re­cent re­ports that Lynch’s home­town Raiders want him to play for them in 2017.

Doug Hen­drick­son said in an in­ter­view a San Fran­cisco ra­dio sta­tion that Lynch has been in Canada. Hen­drick­son is sched­uled to meet with the re­tired run­ning back this week.

Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josina An­der­son re­ported the Raiders are strongly con­sid­er­ing ac­quir­ing Lynch, ei­ther through trade or by his re­lease.

For now, Oakland would have to trade for Lynch be­cause his NFL rights re­main the prop­erty of the Sea­hawks since has two years re­main­ing on his con­tract with them.


The Vik­ings fi­nal­ized their $27 mil­lion with $11 mil­lion guar­an­teed con­tract ex­ten­sion with re­ceiver Adam Thie­len, the for­mer un­drafted prac­tice squad player who led the team with 967 yards re­ceiv­ing last sea­son. … The Dol­phins signed line­backer Kiko Alonso to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion. … NFL vet­eran line­backer Manti Te’o agreed sign a two-year con­tract with the Saints. … The Steel­ers signed de­fen­sive line­man Tyson Alu­alu, the 10th over­all pick in the 2010 draft, to a two-year deal. The As­so­ci­ated Press

A trainer looks at Carolina Panthers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton dur­ing a game Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla. New­ton will un­dergo surgery at the end of this month to re­pair a par­tially torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his right (throw­ing) shoul­der. As­so­ci­ated Press file

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