Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton, defensive end Charles Johnson and wide receiver Damiere Byrd will all undergo surgery in the offseason with hopes to be healed by training camp.
Cam Newton will head to Carolinas Medical Center on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff he injured during week 14 against the San Diego Chargers. Newton was given a rehabilitation program and treatment when the injury was first discovered, but doctors have only seen his pain increase during strengthening. Though he's been working out in the offseason, he will rehab his shoulder after surgery and gradually regain strength until he's ready to go for training camp.
Johnson has been dealing with back pain. Doctors performed an MRI and gave him an epidural injection, but with no relief, he'll be undergoing surgery on March 21 for a microdiscectomy. His recovery will be easier, but Panthers staff is going to work on gradually bringing him back.
Byrd injured his left knee while conditioning. An MRI showed a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. His surgery is March 23. He is projected to be ready later in the offseason.