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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a teammate's touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday to address soreness that has existed since the end of the season, the team announced on Tuesday.

The surgery will be conducted by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson at Carolinas Medical Center. The expected recovery time is approximately four months.

Panthers Head Trainer Ryan Vermillion said Newton’s ankle was sore after the Panthers playoff game against the 49ers.

“We wanted to see if rest would calm it down, but it is still bothering him and the decision was made to address it,” Vermillion said.

According to the Charlotte Observer, ligaments inside Newton’s ankle are stretched out. The surgery will hopefully tighten and strengthen the ligaments.

Newton is fully expected to return for training camp before the 2014 season.


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