CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton practiced for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery on March 19.
Newton worked in 7-on-7 drills during the team's final day of minicamp practice Thursday.
Newton says he felt sluggish on his first day back, adding, "My mind was moving faster than my body, but that all comes with time."
Newton says he's yet not near 100 percent yet, but "any progress is good progress."
He expects to be close to full speed when training begins July 25.
Coach Ron Rivera said Newton was cleared to practice medically Wednesday, but none of Newton's teammates knew he'd practice when they took the field Thursday. Rivera said he felt it was important for Newton to practice once before the start of training camp.