Panthers QB Cam Newton Thanks Fans For Support After Foot Surgery: The Best News Is Knowing You Can Only Go Up From Here
North Carolina Panthers star quarterback, Cam Newton recently went under the knife to repair a lisfranc injury on his left foot on Monday (Dec. 9th). On Thursday, (Dec. 12th), the Panthers QB took to Instagram to share with fans he is currently recovering after a successful operation in his hometown of Atlanta. He begins,
“GOD THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL SURGERY. Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. It’s been a hectic last couple of night BUT THE BEST NEWS IS KNOWING you ONLY can go up from here.”
Now that he’s had a successful surgery, Cam Newton is now in the recovery stage, which is reportedly at least 6-8 weeks for this type of surgery. According to reports, Newton did not use the team’s doctors or Dr. Robert Anderson, a renowned foot specialist. Instead, Newton reportedly scheduled with Dr. Martin O’Malley, an orthopedic specialist based in New York City. Panthers head coach, Perry Fewell said Wednesday,
“I can tell you it was successful and he’s back home in Atlanta rehabbing. Everything looked good from that standpoint, and that is about as much as I know.”
As reported, back in early November, Cam Newton was placed on the Panthers injury reserved list with no timeline on his return. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney released a statement shortly after.
“We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the League. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”
“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot. He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.”
Newton, 30, injured his foot in the third preseason game against New England and aggravated it in a Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay that extended his losing streak to eight straight. He hasn’t taken the field since then, and the team made a change and made Kyle Allen the new quarterback.
Newton spoke to the media in September on his surgically-repaired shoulder and foot injury noting how frustrated he feels not being able to perform at his highest. He says,
“I have to be better. No matter what physical condition I’m in. No matter what, foot, shoulder … I didn’t get the job done, and it’s frustrating. I wish I could say something other than that, but that’s the fact.
Cam Newton is at the podium https://t.co/dF2smMAOKq
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 13, 2019
I’m a brutally honest person with people, and I’m a brutally honest person with myself. And it’s time for me to look myself in the mirror and do some real soul-searching, because I had opportunities tonight and I didn’t get it done.”
In the long term, Newton’s injury raises questions both about his future with the team as well as the current front office regime.
Get well soon Cam!