Cam Newton, QB for the Carolina Panthers sustained two transverse process fractures in his lower back, the result of a car-truck accident Tuesday afternoon, according to a report from USA TODAY Sports.
He was taken to the hospital for tests and was kept overnight for observation, said Charlie Dayton, Panthers spokesman. When asked if Newton’s fractures would require surgery, he said “I did not get that indication.” While several members of the Panthers went to the hospital, including team owner Jerry Richardson, Newton was undergoing tests so none of them were able to speak with him.
Currently, Newton’s condition is listed in fair condition and Dayton wasn’t willing to speculate whether or not Newton would be forced to miss playing time. This is the same injury that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been working through. Following his accident, Romo missed one game but has been able to play through it for the most part.
Newton’s Dodge Ram truck collided with a car near the Bank of America stadium and rolled over several times with police saying that both Newton and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Newton, the No. 1 pick overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft after he won the 2010 Heisman Trophy, made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year and again in 2013 after helping the Panthers get to the NFC South title. This year he’s made 12 starts, passing for 2,812 yards and 16 TDs with 11 interceptions for the Panthers who stand at 4-8-1.