CHARLOTTE - Quarterback Cam Newton, who's still recovering from surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff, will not add throwing to his rehabilitation schedule this week.
Last week, head coach Ron Rivera was hopeful when asked if Newton would start throwing on the side with head trainer Ryan Vermillion during the team's three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday. But Rivera, who's admittedly optimistic when it comes to injuries, got ahead of himself by one week.
The Panthers' original plan had Newton beginning to throw 12 weeks after surgery, which would be June 22. That timeline remains the same, so the fact that Newton won't toss a few footballs in front of cameras this week isn't a big deal.
First-round pick Christian McCaffrey's plan join the Panthers for the final two days of minicamp has been cut in half.
The NFL rule that's kept McCaffrey out since rookie minicamp prohibits rookies who played at quarter-system schools like Stanford to join their team until their school's final exams are over. And because Stanford students technically won't finish their exams until Wednesday evening, that means McCaffrey has to wait until Thursday to make his on-field debut with the veterans.