​Cam Newton saw his 2018 season marred by a late lack of productivity, slowed by a shoulder issue that he chose to play through.

The ​Carolina Panthers' quarterback appeared in 14 games before sitting out the remainder of the year, finally succumbing to the issue.

As a result of his shoulder injury, Newton has undergone some offseason surgery that he'd initially hoped to avoid. Newton had an arthroscopic procedure carried out on his injured shoulder. 

The procedure is considered to be relatively minor, and Newton should be throwing again by May. 

In 2018, Newton threw 24 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions, passing for 3,395 yards. He rushed for four touchdowns, while piling up 488 yards on 101 carries. 

The Panthers saw their season collapse before their eyes, as the team lost seven of their last eight games. Newton stepped down as the starter to begin healing his shoulder after the team was knocked out of postseason contention. 

The 2015 MVP will be ready to go for next season after the minor surgery and will hopefully help the Panthers get back to the postseason. 

The injury was initially discovered in Week 8, after which Newton was a limited practice participant for the remainder of the season.