Panthers QB Newton: Shoulder remains ‘work in progress’

Field Level Media

August 01, 2019 at 5:45 pm.

Cam Newton’s return from offseason shoulder surgery remains a work in progress, the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback said Thursday.

Newton underwent shoulder surgery in January after sitting out the final two games of the regular season. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team decided to open training camp with Newton on a pitch count after consulting with team doctors and Newton’s surgeon.

“I don’t want people to just assume Cam’s back,” Newton said. “I’m putting in a lot of work to get where I need to be. It’s a process.”

The 30-year-old could be used lightly in preseason games as he works his way back. On Thursday, Newton and many noteworthy veterans were granted a rest day.

Newton said the focus for him and the rest of the team remains September.

“We want the division back,” Newton said.

Newton said in an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King this week that he probably should not have attempted to play with shoulder pain late last season. He also said, if confronted with the same situation, he would do it again.