Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was in fair condition Tuesday afternoon at the Carolinas Medical Center after getting into a two-vehicle accident at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Tuesday and suffering two transverse process fractures in his back.
Newton’s trucked flipped several times, according to what one witness told the Charlotte Observer, when it got into an accident with a Buick. The person from the Buick was also taken to the hospital.
The accident happened about one block from Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers play. Medical personnel placed Newton on a stretcher before he was transported to the hospital, but he was conscious, according to eye-witness reports.
Newton is expected to stay at the hospital overnight for observation. He is likely to miss Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, if Tony Romo’s transverse process fractures earlier this season are any indication. Romo missed one game but has played ever since. Romo was hurt when he was sacked.
The Panthers routed the New Orleans Saints 41-10on Sunday in an NFC South game. The Panthers, at 4-8, are only one game behind the division-leading Atlanta Falcons, who along with the Saints are 5-8.
Newton has played in 12 games this year, completing only 58.4 percent of his passes for 2,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for an 81.8 passer rating. He has also rushed for 425 yards and three more touchdowns but has eight fumbles, losing five of them.
Updated: Cam Newton Injured in Car Wreck
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