ESPN’s Christopher Harris reported the following on the injury via Twitter.
Krista Voda reporting that Netwon's injury is to his ankle. He's walking, getting re-taped. Derek Anderson is in the game.— Christopher Harris (@CHarrisESPN) December 30, 2012
Newton and the Panthers were lodged in a close contest at the time of the injury, and the second-year signal-caller refused to let backup Derek Anderson stay in the game for long. Just a few plays later, he came back on the field, as noted by the Panthers via Twitter.
Panthers fans were likely holding their breath during this brief period, as the replay suggested that the injury was significantly worse than it actually was.
A major leg injury would have been a disastrous end to an already disappointing season for Newton and his team. Carolina came into the game against the Saints with a 6-9 record, and its franchise quarterback has not made any significant statistical improvements from his rookie year.
Check back here for updates on his condition going forward.