Report: Panthers QB Newton to have foot surgery

Out since Week 3, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has decided to have surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury in his left foot, according to NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon.

Newton had opted to try to heal the injury through rest before apparently changing his mind with four weeks remaining in the season.

The news comes on the heels of the team firing head coach Ron Rivera on Tuesday.

Newton suffered the injury in the preseason but tried to play through it for the first two games of the regular season. The Panthers placed him on injured reserve after doctors advised him to rest the foot.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported last month that recovery time for such a procedure would be between eight weeks and three months.

The 30-year-old is in the fourth year of a five-year contract extension he signed in 2015, and Rapoport said the Panthers likely will make him available in a trade this offseason.

Kyle Allen has taken over the job in Carolina and is 5-5 as the starter for the Panthers (5-7). He has thrown for 2,457 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

--Field Level Media