CHARLOTTE: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton suffered two broken bones in his lower back on Tuesday in a car crash near the Panthers’ stadium, the NFL team said.
Newton, who was hospitalized, “has two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries,” the team said on its Twitter feed.
They had earlier said doctors described Newton’s condition as “fair”.
The Charlotte Observer reported the accident occurred around 1pm, with one of the two cars involved overturning.
A picture from the Observer’s Twitter page showed Newton conscious and smiling while being examined by medical personnel.
Newton, a former number one overall draft pick, is in his fourth season in the NFL, a campaign in which he has thrown for 2,812 yards, run for 425 yards and delivered 19 touchdowns — 16 passing and three rushing.
Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another on Sunday as the Panthers pounded into New Orleans and embarrassed the Saints 41-10.
Despite their modest record of 4-8-1, the Panthers remain in the hunt for the NFC South division title.
If Newton is unable to play, veteran backup Derek Anderson would likely take over the starting job. Carolina host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.