We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
After Tiffany Blackmon tweeted last week that Cam Newton would be having surgery, Jonathan Jones had an interesting perspective on the situation, “After getting multiple opinions across the country, Cam Newton will have foot surgery, per sources and as @tiffblackmon reported. He had a doctor's appt as recently as last week. Still unclear is the extent/type of surgery he will undergo.” He added, “The question, of course, is why wait so long? Obviously he's tried to avoid surgery. But also, depending on the type of surgery (again still unclear at the moment), he could be ready for the start of the season.” To review how we got here, the veteran passer suffered the injury in the third preseason game and came back for the start of the season, only to reaggravate the injury the second game. After resting the injury in hopes of returning, he was placed on injured reserve. Newton was adamant that he would not return until he was fully recovered. He waited a long time for the surgery, so it raises plenty of questions. Dr. David Chao penned an article in the San Diego Tribune with some context around the injury. He wrote, “By video, the injury is to his lisfranc joint in the mid-foot area. He received second opinions from noted foot specialists and continued with conservative care. Not all lisfranc injuries need surgery. In fact, most do not. Only when the bones are separated or when there is a fracture dislocation (not the case here) does a lisfranc require surgery. Certainly, the timing of December surgery is curious. One report said Newton would be fully healthy by March when roster decisions need to be made, but that is a tight timeline. Commonly, lisfranc surgery requires a recovery of 6-9 months. By March, a team could project where Newton will be, but he likely will not be 100 percent by then. That leaves some questions regarding Newton’s immediate future.” The timing of the surgery is curious as this decision was disclosed within hours of coach Ron Rivera getting canned. We fully expect Newton to be playing elsewhere in 2020, possibly wherever Rivera lands. The new Panthers regime will want to bring in their own quarterback.
Sunday morning, Diana Russini tweeted, “The Titans are internally discussing a new contract for Ryan Tannehill after the season per source. Not franchise tag, a new deal to be the future starting QB of Tennessee. #titans.” Tannehill has now won six of his seven starts for the Titans and has the team in the thick of the playoff chase. Extending Tannehill to a team-friendly two-year deal would be a wise move for Tennessee. The Titans have no viable quarterback under contract for the 2020 season.