Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will have surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.
The 2015 NFL MVP will be sidelined for offseason workouts, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
The injury occurred in a Week 14 game against the Chargers. Newton finished the game, but an MRI the following week revealed the partial tear. The team did not report the tear at the time.
The team said Newton has had multiple MRIs after the season and saw a rehabilitation specialist in Atlanta who has been updating Vermillion. The decision to have the surgery was made after Newton experienced increased pain during the throwing portion of his rehab.
The Panthers also announced that defensive end Charles Johnson underwent back surgery on Tuesday and wide receiver Damiere Byrd will have knee surgery on Thursday.
Johnson, second on the team’s all-time sack list, recently re-signed a two-year deal. Both are expected to be ready for training camp but will miss OTAs.