Cam Newton participated in his first full practice Friday night since undergoing ankle surgery in March.
Newton cautioned that he still has some healing to do.
"I can't stress enough that I'm not 100 percent yet," Newton said. "It's just going to take treatment and time."
Coach Ron Rivera echoed Newton's carefulness, noting that his quarterback looked a "little rusty" in certain areas.
"A big thing is developing that footwork and getting that flexibility back in that ankle," Rivera said. "As he practices and goes through day by day we have to be smart with it. I think he will work back into shape pretty soon."
The star quarterback enters a challenging season, not only in trying to get back to 100 percent but also in building chemistry with a massively overhauled receiver group.