Newton underwent surgery on March 19 to repair ligament damage in his left ankle. The recovery process was expected to take four months, taking him right to the start of training camp. Newton displayed limited mobility as a part-time participant in Carolina's offseason program.
Newton's full availability is a bonus for the Panthers as the signal-caller attempts to find a comfort level with a new group of wide receivers. Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon have all moved on in recent months since Carolina's January playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.