Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will be ready for season opener: ‘There is no concern, at least in talking with the trainers and doctor’

Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will be ready for season opener: ‘There is no concern, at least in talking with the trainers and doctor’

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his banged up throwing shoulder pretty soon, but head coach Ron Rivera and staff aren’t overly concerned he’ll miss any of the regular season.

“Without a doubt,” Rivera told NFL Network’s Judy Battista at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, per NFL.com. “There is no concern, at least in talking with the trainers and doctors. I’m very confident that things are going to go along very well. They have a timeframe that they’ve mapped out for the most part. He’ll be working with the trainers and he’ll be working with us for the most part during the OTAs and minicamps.”

Back in February during the NFL Combine, Rivera didn’t think Newton’s shoulder would require surgery, but things changed.

“Well, I think what happened is the doctor is looking at the MRI and their decision (was) to see if it would heal on its own,” he said. “You don’t really want to go in on a quarterback and do the surgery, at least that’s I think what the understanding was. He had been having such a good offseason, and then it just kind of plateaued I guess… There was a little bit of thought that ‘you know what, now’s a good time if any if we’re going to do it,’ so that’s what they decided. It’s not like it’s a major surgery thing that has to be done from my understanding. It should be one of those things that should really be done and it should heal up quickly.”