Newton has been trying to rehab the injury, which is some kind of midfoot sprain/Lisfranc injury, since first suffering it during Week 3 of the preseason. Carolina placed Newton on injured reserve at the start of November.
By undergoing surgery now, the hope is Newton can be completely healthy by the time OTA’s start in March.
Whether Newton returns to Carolina for OTA’s in March is in question, as his health and the changes on the Panthers have resulted in wide speculation the team will move on from Newton in 2020.
Newton will be entering the final year of his deal in 2020 and Carolina can save about $19 million by cutting or trading him. His replacement this year, Kyle Allen, has had some strong moments in relief of Newton as well.
Newton, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2011. He is entering the fifth year of his six-year, $118.47 million contract that includes $60 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $16.2 million and $18.6 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2019, Newton appeared in two games for the Panthers, completing 50 out of 89 passes for 572 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed five times for -2 yards.
We’ll have more on Newton as the news is available.