The Carolina Panthers are in a state of flux as they parted ways with Ron Rivera, their head coach of nine years. Since quarterback Cam Newton has been deactivated by the Panthers for the season, he announced his plans to undergo foot surgery to ensure his return to health in time for the upcoming season.
NFL.com’s Kevin Patra reported that Newton tried rehabbing his foot back to full health. However, the situation wasn’t getting any better. Surgery became the only option for the quarterback to fully repair his Lisfranc injury.
NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon reported that Newton plans to undergo surgery.
The foot issue is the latest injury that has derailed Newton’s career. The 30-year-old quarterback underwent shoulder surgery in back-to-back offseasons. He had put off shoulder surgery in the past. The hope is that waiting a bit before foot surgery this time around doesn’t similarly throw his offseason out of whack.
Getting the procedure done in December could have Newton back on the field in time for offseason workouts in March, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
Newton was definitely affected by Rivera’s departure. He said that he was “hurt” by the team’s decision to let him go.
Per CBS Sports’ Bryan DeArdo, he posted a message thanking Rivera for what he did during his tenure as coach.
“Will be forever grateful because of the impact you had on my life … Thank you for giving me an opportunity. Thank you for believing in me. I can go on and on but most importantly; thank you for allowing me to be me.”
He only played two games during the season, notching 572 yards and zero touchdowns.