CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - Cam Newton is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder in Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers announced Thursday.
"Head team physician Dr. Pat Connor performed surgery this morning at Carolinas Medical Center to repair Cam Newton’s partially torn rotator cuff, " said head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. "Dr. Connor was pleased with the results of the surgery and Cam is at home resting."
While his surgery went off without hitch, many of his fans hope his recovery is more of the same.
"He need to come home and recover so he can come back on that field because we miss you Cam! We need you to get well," Terry Campbell said.
As Novant Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Dr. Marcus Cook knows, the road to recovery, is not quick.
"The healing process is much longer than the surgery itself," Dr. Cook said.
Dr. Cook showed us what a rotator cuff tear looks like and what Newton was probably dealing with for the last few months.
"The way we get it to heal is to roughen the bone and reattach it through several small incisions. You can manipulate the tissue and get it to heal," Dr. Cook said.
Newton is expected to begin his rehab program Monday, according to the team. He will start with range of motion and rotator cuff exercises.
Vermillion previously laid out the detailed plan for Newton’s rehab.
After 12 weeks, Newton will start a throwing program. If he does will, in 16 weeks he will join the team.
The seventh-year quarterback is projected to return to action for training camp, ready for another season with the Panthers.
"Get Ready! We are in the toughest one there is, the NFC South. Can't wait for you to come back," Panthers Fan Mike Nettles said.