Cam Newton began doing some light throwing during the first week of OTAs.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton began doing some light throwing on Wednesday at the Carolina Panthers first Organized Team Activity.

Coach Ron Rivera says he wouldn't rule out the Pro Bowl quarterback from participating in the team's June 17-19 minicamp.

Rivera said after Wednesday's OTA the three-year NFL veteran is making good progress following left ankle surgery in March. Newton, who is out of his walking boot, didn't participate in the full practice. He did throw passes to first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin and other young receivers.

Newton was originally expected to miss up to four months. Rivera says Newton began throwing earlier this week and "has been looking good."

Defensive end Greg Hardy, who was arrested earlier this month for assault on a female and communicating threats, practiced but declined interviews saying he needed to get inside the stadium to lift weights.

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