The Carolina Panthers announced that quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday and will need at least four months to recover.
Newton injured his left ankle during a playoff loss to San Francisco in January.
"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.
The surgery will be performed by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson. If all goes well, Newton should return in July, just when training camp begins.
Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record last season, passing for 3,379 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.