CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months, Carolina Panthers officials announced.
The Pro Bowl quarterback has had soreness in the ankle since the end of last season and the problem wasn’t getting better.
“The ankle was sore after the San Francisco game and we wanted to see if rest would calm it down, but it is still bothering him and the decision was made to address it,” Panthers trainer Ryan Anderson said.
The Panthers lost to the 49ers on Jan. 12 in the NFC divisional playoffs.
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If the surgery goes as expected, Newton could return before training camp begins at the end of July.
Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and the NFC South championship last season.
The news is particularly worrisome for the Panthers because Newton is expected to be working with almost an entirely new group of wide receivers this season.
Bo knows what Wilson should do
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Bo Jackson, former NFL running back and major-league outfielder, has advice for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has played minor-league baseball and recently said “never say never” about a return to the diamond.
“Stick to what got him in the headlines, not baseball,” said Jackson, a Chicago White Sox team ambassador. “In this day and age, with all the high-tech training, computer-engineered workouts and the proper food and diet, if you try to concentrate on two sports, I guarantee you’re going to ride the bench in both because the talent is that deep.”
Irsay places himself in treatment facility
INDIANAPOLIS – The family of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he has placed himself in a treatment facility after police found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop Sunday.
The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel, Ind., late Sunday and released the next day.
“Yesterday, Jim Irsay took the first step toward regaining good health,” the family said in a statement released by the Colts.
• Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was acquired by Cleveland after the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match an offer sheet for the elusive playmaker.
The Bengals announced their decision to let Hawkins go about eight hours before a five-day deadline to equal Cleveland’s offer to the 5-foot-7, 180-pound slot player was to expire. The Browns signed Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet Thursday.
• A Super Bowl hero is returning to the New York Giants. Mario Manningham, one of the Giants’ most productive receivers from 2008 to 2011, will rejoin the team.
Known for his spectacular 38-yard reception that began the Giants’ winning drive against New England in the 2012 Super Bowl, Manningham, 27, spent the past two seasons with San Francisco and was hampered by injuries.