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Panthers say QB Cam Newton has successful surgery on left ankle, will be sidelined 4 months

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Panthers say Cam Newton had successful surgery on his left ankle and the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be sidelined for four months.

Panthers team physician Robert Anderson performed the surgery on Wednesday in Charlotte.

Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion says in a release that "Dr. Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well."

PHOTO: FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warms up before a divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers have announced that Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday, March 19, on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warms up before a divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers have announced that Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday, March 19, on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Newton first tweaked the ankle in a regular season game against New Orleans late in the season and then experienced some additional problems in Carolina's playoff loss to San Francisco on Jan. 12.

The team had hoped the ankle would heal on its own but after two months Newton was still experiencing discomfort.

Newton is expected to be ready in time for training camp.


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