Cam Newton cleared to work out in time for Panthers training camp

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Newton is ahead of schedule in his recovery from ankle surgery, and has returned to practice for the Panthers well before the start of training camp.

Cam Newton's recovery from ankle surgery is going well, at least according to his recent post on Instagram. The Carolina Panthers quarterback said that he has been cleared to work out with a month left before the start of training camp. His original timetable for recovery put him in danger of missing the beginning of training camp for the Panthers.

Newton underwent the procedure in March, to the surprise of many. He did not appear limited during the 2013 season, during which he played in 16 regular-season games and a postseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers. His 3,379 passing yards were a career low, but he was still a relatively effective passer, completing 61.7 percent of his passes at 7.14 yards per attempt, for 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Cat Scratch Reader spoke with a medical expert in March, who explained that Newton was limited by ankle instability. The quarterback had the ligaments tightened on the outside of his ankle to give him better support, and should recover fully though some patients do suffer decreased mobility or recurring instability.

By his own admission, Newton isn't yet 100 percent. He is back participating in scripted seven-on-seven drills, however, and getting more reps than initially expected. Newton is entering just his fourth season in the NFL and turned 25 years old in May, making him a work in progress at his position. The practice time could be invaluable for a Panthers team that has high aspirations following a breakout 2013 campaign.

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