CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months, the Carolina Panthers announced.
The team said Tuesday the Pro Bowl quarterback has experienced soreness in the ankle since the end of last season and the problem simply wasn’t getting better.
“The ankle was sore after the San Francisco game and we wanted to see if rest would calm it down, but it is still bothering him and the decision was made to address it,” Panthers trainer Ryan Anderson said in a press release.
The Panthers lost to the 49ers on Jan. 12 in the playoffs.
The surgery will be performed by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson at Carolinas Medical Center. If all goes as expected, Newton could return before training begins at the end of July.
Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record last season and the NFC South championship. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl.
Newton has started all 48 regular season games since arriving as the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.
This past season Newton threw for 3,379 yards with a career-high 24 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. He also led the Panthers on five come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter.
In three seasons, Newton has thrown for 11,299 yards passing with 64 touchdowns and 42 interceptions. He also has run for 2,032 yards and 28 touchdowns.