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    Panthers' Newton to have surgery, will miss four months

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have announced that quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery today on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have announced that quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery today on his left ankle and will be sidelined for four months.
    The team says the three-year NFL veteran has experienced soreness in the ankle since the end of last season.
    The team says the surgery will be performed by team physician Robert Anderson at Carolinas Medical Center and could return before training begins at the end of July.
    Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion says "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."
    Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record last season and the NFC South championship and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
    Patriots
    The New England Patriots have re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman.
    The announcement comes three days after a post on Edelman's Twitter account said, "Foxboro is home. Excited to be back."
    The Patriots did not disclose details of the contract, reportedly worth $17 million over four years.
    Edelman caught a career-high 105 passes in his fifth season with the Patriots after totaling just 69 receptions in the first four. He became Tom Brady's primary target after Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos.
    Edelman also had another strong season as a punt returner. His average of 12.3 yards per return over the past five seasons is second best in the NFL, behind Devin Hester's 12.5.
    Cowboys
    The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Henry Melton, the third defensive lineman to join them in free agency since the release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware.
    A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that the team was working on final details of the contract Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement had not been announced.
    Melton missed most of last season with Chicago after tearing a ligament in his left knee against Pittsburgh on Sept. 22. He will be reunited with former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who now has the same title in Dallas.
    The fifth-year player was a high school running back in the Dallas area before becoming a defensive tackle with the Texas Longhorns.
    The 27-year-old Melton has 151/2; sacks and 63 tackles in 48 career games, including 32 starts. The Bears drafted him in the fifth round in 2009, and he missed his rookie season with an ankle injury.
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