Panthers QB Newton not cleared to throw at OTAs

Field Level Media

May 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm.

Cam Newton was not cleared to throw as the Carolina Panthers worked out together Wednesday four months after the quarterback had shoulder surgery.

Head coach Ron Rivera said the team remains focused on Newton returning at full strength for the start of training camp in July.

“We’ll just continue to go through the process,” Rivera said Wednesday after the first day of organized team activities. “It’s really … not that big a deal.”

Newton, 30, had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January after sitting out the last two games of the 2018 season. Doctors removed scar tissue that remained from a 2017 surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback said last month he has not been given a timetable for his return. He said he started a vegan diet and hired a personal trainer to prepare for the 2019 season.