Panthers QB Cam Newton suffers back injury in car accident
The team's report capped a hectic few hours as reports of Newton's crash in Charlotte, N.C., hit social media. Local reports showed that Newton's car overturned. Other shots taken at the scene showed that Newton was taken from the scene in an ambulance after being placed on a stretcher
Steve Crump of WBTV said Newton did not want to be transported to the hospital but was taken anyway as a precaution.
The Panthers originally said on Tuesday afternoon that Newton was in "fair condition and undergoing tests at Carolinas Medical Center and will remain there overnight for observation." The team later revealed the injury. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo also dealt with transverse process fractures earlier this year.
The Observer said it was a two-car crash on the Church Street bridge in Charlotte over Interstate 277 at about 12:30 p.m. ET. Mark Becker of WSOC 9 in Charlotte said Newton's truck flipped four times, according to witnesses.
The Observer said the other driver, who was driving a Buick sedan, was also taken to the hospital.
Newton, 25, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn, has become one of the NFL's rising stars. He is a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback who won the NFL's offensive rookie of the year award in 2011.
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