“I feel like I do have full strength right now,” Newton said. “But me telling the doctor, that is different than, you know, whatever the clearance process may be.”
Newton says he’s working on a plan with the Panthers’ training staff to manage his return and avoid any potential setbacks. The hope is Carolina’s veteran quarterback will be ready for training camp.
Newton underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right, throwing shoulder early in 2019. It was Newton’s second surgery on the same shoulder after a procedure to repair a torn rotator cuff in March, 2017.
Carolina elected to shut Newton down in December after he noticeably lost arm strength and Carolina was all but eliminated from the playoffs.
The Panthers took QB Will Grier in the third round this year as a backup and insurance policy if Newton experience further shoulder problems.
Newton, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2011. He 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 2018, Newton appeared in 14 games for the Panthers threw for 3,395 yards while completing 67.9 percent of his passes to go along with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 488 yards and four touchdowns.