Shoulder surgery can be a very scary proposition for a quarterback. And Cam Newton isn’t your run-of-the-mill quarterback.
The Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP underwent a procedure following the 2016 NFL season that prevented him from throwing a football for the better part of six months. On Monday, the Panthers calmed concerns of Newton fans by releasing the first footage of the big man attempting to hurl the pigskin.
Check it out:
.@CameronNewton's first throw since shoulder surgery 💪
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 26, 2017
Newton reportedly threw 45 passes — 15 each from three different throwing positions — from short distance.
The good news? Newton says it felt “cool” to throw again following the session, per a conversation with Panthers.com’s Bill Voth.
The bad news? Newton says he’s still not at 100 percent.
“Cool, a lot of anticipation,” Newton said when asked how it felt to throw for the first time in nearly six months. “Obviously, it’s still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good.
“When I say it’s not 100 percent, I’m noting the range of motion part,” Newton said. “Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you’re going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving — that’s how I feel.”
Newton said he expects to be close to 100 percent in the next two weeks, and expects to be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around.
After a disappointing 2016 season, Newton will look to return to the MVP form that helped the Panthers advance to the Super Bowl.