After most of his teammates had already arrived Wednesday, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stepped out of a golf cart and walked out to the practice fields with a noticeable limp.
But the fact that Newton was there at all was an encouraging sign.
A little more than two months following ankle surgery, Newton threw on the sideline and again after practice as the Panthers went through their second of 10 scheduled OTA (organized team activities) sessions. They will practice again Thursday before taking the weekend off.
Newton did not participate in team drills, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he wouldn't be surprised if the two-time Pro Bowler is more involved during the three-day minicamp next month.
Newton needs time to build a rapport with an almost completely new receiving corps. The sooner he can get back, the better his fantasy prospects in 2014.