The Panthers quarterback underwent successful surgery Thursday morning on his throwing arm to fix a partially torn rotator cuff and is scheduled to start the rehab process next week.
Per the website, Vermillion "previously laid out (a) detailed (rehab) plan" for Newton, who is expected to return to the field in time for training camp.
Now, Newton will begin the rest and rehabilitation process. If he hits those benchmarks in stride, he'll have achieved full health approximately one week before the start of training camp, which is now the desired projection, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports. Newton had an MRI after the game, which the team announced in March showed a partial tear at the time. In Week 14 of the 2016 season, Newton suffered a partially-torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. The team also signed former Rams sixth-round pick Garrett Gilbert to a one-year deal. At that point, the Panthers decided that he should go under the knife, which went down as planned Thursday.
"He's gonna have to rebuild his confidence".
"I don't think I need to reconcile that much, because they're two different athletes, two different injuries, two different sets of circumstances more than anything else", Rivera said, per Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk. "Let's be honest. I'm not going to lie about that", Rivera said on Wednesday in Phoenix. "The biggest thing more than anything else was listening to what the doctors told us, is the reason we did what we did".