Cam Newton said during Super Bowl week that he "absolutely" will return to the Carolina Panthers, but owner David Tepper isn't ready to make such a commitment.

"Listen. I'm not a doctor," Tepper said. "I've said it a million times, is he healthy? He's not a doctor. There's a lot of different things that can happen. Is he healthy? And then we can talk."

Newton had Lisfranc surgery on his left foot in early December.

The Panthers reportedly want to work out Newton in March to see where he is with his rehabilitation.