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Cam Newton

Cam Newton QB - CAR

Experience: 8 YRS  
Height: 6'5"  
Weight: 244 
Bye: 4

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A video on the new YouTube channel of Panthers QB Cam Newton brought encouraging details on his January shoulder surgery. Newton had arthroscopic "irrigation" and "debridement" on his right (throwing) shoulder, and the cartilage damage was apparently fairly minor. “That cartilage damage was not as extensive as we had feared. It was definitely there. We knew that,” team doctor Pat Connor said. “It was pretty small. So if we get that (range of) motion back and keep it, I think we’ll be pretty good.” The Athletic's Joseph Person also talked with longtime Chargers team doctor David Chao, who said the same thing about restoring range of motion. That will be a key thing to watch for in reports through the spring and summer. Don't overrate the shoulder issue and sell off Newton cheaply in dynasty this offseason. As for his redraft -- and general 2019 -- outlook, we'll see how the rehab goes.

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Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Thursday that QB Cam Newton is already showing "marked improvement" from his January 24th shoulder surgery. Rivera said the procedure was as "minimally invasive as possible" and was designed to clean out scar tissue that was affecting Newton's range of motion. "I was there on one of his recovery days when (Newton) was working out with (head athletic trainer) Ryan Vermillion," Rivera added. "And one of the things he did say was that he has gotten a lot of range of motion back. So that was exciting to hear." The Panthers expect Newton to be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton underwent surgery on his right shoulder on Thursday. It's his 2nd procedure on the throwing shoulder, following a March 2017 operation to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. The latest was an arthroscopic surgery that insider Jourdan Rodrigue hears was a cleanup. Newton's rehab is expected to run into spring, but the team is "hopeful" he'll be a full-go for training camp, according to Rodrigue. We'll keep an eye on him this offseason.

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Panthers owner David Tepper admitted Tuesday that he has "no idea" if QB Cam Newton will need surgery on his throwing shoulder. “We all want the same thing: To do everything possible to make it better by next year,” Tepper added. “And hopefully he gets better." ESPN's Adam Schefter caused a stir when he suggested Newton could sit out the 2019 season, but the Charlotte media didn't come away from Tepper's press conference with that feeling. Still, another surgery -- Newton had a a procedure on this throwing shoulder prior to the 2017 campaign -- would muddy his status going forward.

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The Panthers are shutting down QB Cam Newton for the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a smart move by Carolina. Newton's shoulder has obviously become a bigger problem over the past few weeks, and the Panthers are all but eliminated from the playoff picture. We'll see if Newton needs another surgery on that shoulder or if some rest will get him back to 100%. His absence will leave Taylor Heinicke as Carolina's starter for the last 2 weeks. Undrafted out of Old Dominion back in 2015, Heinicke has attempted just 5 regular-season NFL passes. He's not a Week 16 fantasy option and is a downgrade for all of Carolina's skill-position guys. RB Christian McCaffrey is the only reliable fantasy play on the team.

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Injury Predictor

Newton has remained remarkably durable, considering his physical, run-heavy style. The Panthers QB reportedly suffered ligament and cartilage damage to his right knee in January's playoff loss at New Orleans. The team hasn't said much, other than that Newton avoided surgery. But no one appears too concerned about the joint. Newton did have offseason shoulder surgery before 2017, so he might be in better shape for prep work this time around. Barring any issues with the knee this summer, we'd expect the same old productive fantasy QB in 2018.

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Date Injury Analysis
Oct 21, 2018 Shoulder Newton played through the injury until the final 2 weeks, when Carolina shut him down. Newton underwent surgery on January 24.
Jan 7, 2018 Knee Strain Grade 1 Newton suffered ligament and cartilage damage, as well as extensive swelling. He avoided surgery.
Dec 11, 2016 Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Newton eventually underwent surgery on March 30, 2017.
Oct 2, 2016 Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Newton took a hard hit to the head during Week 4 action.
Dec 9, 2014 Back Vertebral Fracture Newton endured two transverse process fractures in his lower back in a car accident.
Aug 22, 2014 Chest Rib Fracture Newton suffered a fractured rib in a preseason game. He missed the first game of the regular season as a result.
Jan 12, 2014 Pedal Ankle Ligament Tear Grade 3 The procedure was designed to tighten ligaments in Newton's left ankle and give him more range of motion. Surgery was on March 19, 2014.
Dec 30, 2012 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Newton suffered a left ankle sprain against the Saints that was considered minor.
Aug 30, 2008 Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 During his sophomore season, Newton played in the season opener against Hawaii but suffered an ankle injury. He then took a medical redshirt.

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