Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is expected to begin throwing again next week, head coach Ron Rivera announced Monday.

Newton underwent surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder on March 30th. At the time, he was reportedly given a 12-week timetable to resume throwing.

Should he get back to work next week, it would mean he’s slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery.

The Panthers plan to have Newton throw on the side during their June 13-15 minicamp, according to ESPN’s David Newton. The signal-caller would then presumably progress to throwing with his teammates on the field at the start of training camp in July.

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