Panthers' Cam Newton to have ankle surgery

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Cam Newton will undergo surgery today on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months, the Carolina Panthers announced.

The team said Tuesday the Pro Bowl quarterback has experienced soreness in the ankle since the end of last season and the problem simply wasn’t getting better.

“The ankle was sore after the San Fran­cisco game and we wanted to see if rest would calm it down, but it is still bothering him and the decision was made to address it,” Panthers trainer Ryan Anderson said in a press release.

The surgery will be performed by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson. If all goes as expected, Newton could return before training camp begins at the end of July.

FALCONS: Agreed to a one-year deal with kick returner/nickel back Javier Arenas to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Arenas, a former star at Alabama, played in 63 games and made 12 starts during his career with Kansas City and Arizona.

COLTS: Jim Irsay’s family says the owner has placed himself in a treatment facility.

Irsay was arrested early Monday following a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

A three-sentence statement released Tuesday said Irsay on Monday had “voluntarily checked into a highly-respected health care facility and is committed to undergoing the treatment and care necessary to help him meet his challenges head-on.”

GIANTS: Receiver Mario Manningham will rejoin the team. He spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

PATRIOTS: Wide receiver Julian Edelman is back with the team, re-signing with New England after testing the free-agent market.


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