The Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton is planning to undergo surgery for his left foot injury that had him land on injured reserve, as per a source that informed ESPN.
Newton aggravated the Lisfranc injury, originally suffered in the third preseason game, in a Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He visited with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson last month, and the decision at that time was he would not have surgery.
General manager Marty Hurney told reporters the Panthers made the decision to shut Newton down because of lingering pain in his foot:
“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot. He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal,” Hurney said.
“We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the League. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”
Five days later, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Cam Newton is considering surgery which requires 8-10 weeks recovery time.