Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton participated in seven-on-seven drills Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left ankle in March.
That propelled him about a month ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation, which initially was supposed to keep him out until training camp in late July.
“Real sluggish,” Newton said per the Charlotte Observer, as the Panthers concluded a three-day minicamp, their final tune-up before training camp. “My mind was moving faster than my body, but that comes with time.
“Excited to get back out there. Not 100 percent yet, but any progress is good progress.”
Newton started sluggishly, only completing 3 of his 10 passes, with one interception. However, he turned it on toward the end of the drill, finishing 8-of-15.