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Newton Has Shoulder Scoped; Rehab Process To Begin Immediately
Following up on a previous item. ... Cam Newton underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder Thursday. The team announced the procedure was successfully performed by Panthers team physician Dr. Pat Connor.

Newton’s rehabilitation process will begin immediately.

When all was said and done, Newton completed a career-high 67.9 percent of his passes in 2018 for 3,385 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this past season. But his season was cut short by the lingering shoulder issue with two weeks to go and Carolina all but out of the playoff hunt.

Newton's accuracy and arm strength were notably hampered down the stretch, and he was parked on the sideline in favor of Taylor Heinicke in Week 16 and Kyle Allen in Week 17.

As NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman reminded readers, this news comes just nine days Panthers owner David Tepper told local media that while Newton's shoulder was a "concern," he was unsure whether the QB needed surgery. Tepper even invoked the trials of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who sat out the entire 2017 season to recover from shoulder surgery only to return fully healthy in 2018 to lead the Indianapolis Colts back to the postseason.

"If you told me that [Newton] took a year off and could be fully recovered and everything else and that's what it took, an extra year, why wouldn't you do that?" Tepper said to reporters. "Now, we would have to do other things and we'd have to go out and get another quarterback, which, if you could find me some more cap space, I'd appreciate that."

When he had his initial shoulder surgery in 2017, he waited until March which kept him out of the entire offseason program and most of training camp.

This time is different.

Nonetheless, as Bergman wrote, "While it's unclear what the extent of the "procedure" was and how long Newton will be shelved ahead of the 2019 season, it's fair to wonder how Cam's injury and surgery will affect the Panthers' offseason roster-building."

Given all that, Profootballtalk.com's x pointed out the Panthers have said they know they need to find a better Plan B quarterback this year, and will definitely need one for the offseason program.

Will Carolina look to acquire a sturdier backup QB than the impending free-agent Heinicke or the sophomore Allen through free agency or trade in case Newton isn't ready to start the season? Could the Panthers try to acquire a one-year starter like Nick Foles or Teddy Bridgewater if they choose to shut Newton down?

These will all be things we're watching for in coming weeks. Stay tuned.