Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn't rule out Cam Newton participating in a June 16-19 minicamp, which would put the fourth-year quarterback more than a month ahead of schedule in his recovery from ankle surgery.
"I really don't know what the schedule is, especially with him,'' Rivera said following Wednesday's second day of on-the-field workouts. "But I wouldn't put it past him. I really wouldn't.''
Newton underwent surgery to tighten the ligaments in his left ankle on March 19. Team officials estimated at the time the recovery would take four months, which would have the two-time Pro Bowler ready in time for the start of training camp.