Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a pair of transverse fractures in his lower back in a car accident on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The quarterback won't face charges for the crash, according to Charlotte police. The quarterback returned to Carolina's facility two days after the accident.
Newton did not play in Week 15, but will start in Week 16 against the Browns.
Continue for updates.
Newton Active vs. Browns
Sunday, Dec. 21
The Panthers announced Newton would start today:
Yesterday, the NFL provided revealed Newton would play, courtesy of reporter Ian Rapoport:
Newton Listed as Probable for Week 16
Friday, Dec. 19
Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com, the Panthers and Steve Reed of the Associated Press provide the latest on Newton's status for Week 16:
Cam Newton listed as probable on injury report.— Bryan Strickland (@PanthersBryan) December 19, 2014
Rivera will not name a starting QB today, but he liked the way Cam Newton practiced this week. "We'll have a good feel tomorrow."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 19, 2014
Rivera said only way Cam Newton wouldn't start is if something went wrong and he isn't feeling well in morning.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) December 19, 2014
Newton Full Participant in Practice, Takes Most First-Team Reps
Thursday, Dec. 18
The Carolina Panthers provide an update on Newton's status and comments from head coach Ron Rivera:
QB Cam Newton was a full participant in practice today. Rivera says Newton is on target with their plan and following the process.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 18, 2014
Steve Reed of The Associated Press reported on Newton from Panthers practice, saying the star quarterback took the majority of the first-team reps. The Black & Blue Review also chimed in on how Newton looked:
Cam Newton again looked good, real good. Full video soon. Safe to now assume a Sunday start.— Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) December 18, 2014
Newton Returns to Practice
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer shared video of Cam Newton from Panthers practice as the team prepares for Week 16:
Cam Newton throwing at practice today. https://t.co/CXBJXEP0nM— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 17, 2014
Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer and David Newton of ESPN weighed in on what they were seeing from the star quarterback:
Cam Newton looked good running around and throwing during portion of practice open to the media. Had a 1-handed catch in warmups.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 17, 2014
Ron Rivera also spoke about the chances of Newton returning to the lineup for Week 16, via Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan:
"We're not sure yet" - Rivera on who his QB will be Sunday - both Derek Anderson & Cam Newton took 1st team snaps today— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) December 17, 2014
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com added more from the head coach:
Rivera on Cam: "I like what I saw. Tomorrow will be a big day, especially in a.m., to see where he is." ...Notes he looked good in practice.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 17, 2014
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer reported that Rivera won't name a starter yet:
Ron Rivera will not announce a starting QB today. He will Friday.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 17, 2014
David Newton of ESPN reported on Newton's official status from today's practice:
Rivera said Newton went through all of his team drills. Officially listed as limited in practice. #panthers— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 17, 2014
Newton is trying to return after missing Week 15's game vs. Tampa Bay because of injuries sustained in a car accident.
Rivera, Shula Comment on Newton's Status After Week 15
Monday, Dec. 15
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer passed along comments from Ron Rivera on Cam Newton's status after missing the Panthers' Week 15 win over Tampa Bay:
But Rivera said ultimately it will come down the coach's confidence that he won't be exposing Newton to further injury by playing him against the Browns.
'I don’t want to put a guy out there that can’t protect himself,' Rivera said Monday. 'By that it’s being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That’s all part of it. That’s all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game.'
Mike Shula also commented on Newton as he tries to return to the Panthers' lineup, via Black and Blue Review:
Mike Shula on Cam Newton: “He’s moving around a lot better today than he was Friday.”— Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) December 15, 2014
Newton Expected to Return for Week 16
Sunday, Dec. 14
However, coach Ron Rivera will not make his decision quickly according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press:
Carolina coach Ron Rivera said it's too soon to know who will start at quarterback next Sunday when the Panthers host the Cleveland Browns.
Rivera said he won't make any decisions until possibly mid-week on Newton, who is recovering from two lower back fractures after flipping his truck on Tuesday in a two-car wreck.
"I'm not making any decisions until I get the opportunity to watch him on the football field, listen to what the trainers and doctors have to tell me, and then we will make our decision," Rivera said. "But to make any judgment right now would be premature and would be a mistake."
Newton Speaks About Accident
Thursday, Dec. 11
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer provides Newton's words on the car accident:
Cam: "I feel great. I could be feeling way worse, as we all know."— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
Cam: As I was approaching the car, he kind of came out slowly. I slowed up, tried to pass. As I was getting closer, he started to slow up.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
Cam: I was aware throughout whole thing. I really couldn't talk afterward because it was such a shock. Got out truck, couldn't stop smiling.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
Cam: I'm on somebody's fantasy league, and I think it's the man upstairs.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
Cam says airbags did deploy. "I'm just lucky to come out of there unscathed."— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
"Every time I see that flashback of looking at that truck, I'm surprised that nothing serious was done to me," --Cam Newton.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
Cam: As far as when I'm coming back, who cares? I'm just thankful to have air in my lungs so I can breathe again.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 11, 2014
Newton Returns to Panthers Facility
Thursday, Dec. 11
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer has an update on Newton's status:
Less than a day after being discharged from the hospital, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was at the team facilities in meetings and getting treatment.
A team source within the Panthers’ facilities told the Observer Newton was in Bank of America Stadium Thursday morning, one day after he stayed at home with his family to rest and recuperate after being discharged.
Rivera Speaks on Newton's Status
Thursday, Dec. 11
Ron Rivera spoke on Newton, his heath and status going forward as the Panthers approach the end of the season, via the Panthers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press and David Newton of ESPN:
Rivera says QB Cam Newton did some rehab work today. "He’s moving pretty good, looks a little sore but he’s in good spirits.”— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 11, 2014
Rivera said it's unclear when Newton will retturn to practice.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) December 11, 2014
Rivera said best case scenario for Newton return is after missing one start. But no guarantees. #Panthers— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 11, 2014
Newton Comments on Crash, Rivera Comments on Newton's Injury
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Via his Instagram account, Cam Newton updated fans on his status after yesterday's car crash:
I do not know where to begin because by the look of that picture soMEone is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now! While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has there protective hands on my life shielding me from any danger that may come my way! I know one thing, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF "IF" you are holding a grudge against someone, "IF" you don't tell the people that's close and dear to you that "YOU LOVE THEM" every chance you get, "IF" your mad because something didn't go your way today! L1FE IS TO SHORT FOR YOU NOT TO APPRECIATE IT TO THE FULLNESS; THROUGH THE GOOD AND THE BAD! I thank you to the people who have been keeping me in there prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery! I am appreciative for the many great things GOD has given me to be thankful for. It's a old cliché statement but it says "GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!" And as that crash constantly plays back in my mind every time I close my eyes, I can't go another day without me THANKING GOD for the opportunities he has given me in my life and this accident puts ALOT of things in perspective of what's important and what's not! SHAMEonYOU if YOU go another second in life with holding a grudge or HATING on someone, taking life for granted, or just not appreciating the breath you just breathed; trust and believe there are plenty people with illnesses, people in the hospital, or even people that are 6ft under the earth that W1SH they had "another"opportunity to do so! So if you read this I challenge you to L1VE life to the fullness everyday! 1OVE the people who are close to you (and don't be afraid to tell them as well)! FORG1VE "whoever" for "whatever" they did! Trust when I tell you that L1FE is to short for you NOT to do those things! #THANKyouJESUSforALLOWINGmeTOseeANOTHERday L1VE-1OVE-FORG1VE=HAPP1NESS
The Panthers' official Twitter feed provided head coach Ron Rivera's comments on the injury:
Rivera got a chance to speak with Cam Newton this morning. "He was disappointed, he felt like he was letting his teammates down."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 10, 2014
Rivera says Newton hopes to be back on the field soon. The #Panthers medical staff is putting together a plan for his return.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 10, 2014
Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer notes that the Panthers are still testing the quarterback's pain tolerance:
Rivera says "we're back to square one" with Cam in terms of dealing with pain, like the rib injury from preseason.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 10, 2014
ESPN's David Newton provided Rivera's thoughts on Newton's timeline:
Rivera added on injury "It doesn't look good. I'm not going to sugar coat that.'' Doesn't want to make it sound like it's simply one week.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 10, 2014
Newton also noted that Rivera hadn't talked to Cam about the fact he wouldn't be starting:
Rivera said he hasn't told Cam Newton he's not starting, so this will be a surprise for him. #Panthers— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 10, 2014
The Panthers also noted that Rivera felt encouraged after talking to his quarterback:
Rivera says it was difficult to tell how much pain Cam was in. “He has that smile. It lets you know that everything's going to be ok."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 10, 2014
Newton Will Not Play in Week 15
Wednesday, Dec. 10
The Carolina Panthers confirmed that Derek Anderson will start in Week 15 vs. Tampa Bay.
Newton Won't Face Charges for Crash
Wednesday, Dec. 10
According to Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer, Cam Newton won't face charges from the car crash on Tuesday:
No charges vs Cam Newton, per initial accident report.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 10, 2014
Cops say Cam Newton was traveling at posted speed limit of 35 mph at pt of impact. Other driver pulled out in front of him.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 10, 2014
Newton Released from Hospital
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer reported on Newton's exit from the hospital and his condition:
Cam Newton discharged this am. Spirits were high. Stiffness and soreness. Day to day— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 10, 2014
No further injuries past fractured back, stiffness and soreness. No concussion— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 10, 2014
Newton Hurt in Crash
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a Tuesday morning car crash. The Charlotte Police Department released a statement, via James Hill of ABC:
The Panthers reveal Newton's diagnosis:
Further testing revealed that Cam Newton has two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 9, 2014
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports notes it is the same injury Tony Romo sustained earlier in the season:
If you recall, Tony Romo had a transverse fracture in his back and missed just one game. Cam Newton has of those two fractures— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 9, 2014
Derek Rowles of ABC 11 in Raleigh reports Newton will remain in the hospital for observation:
#BreakingNews - Cam Newton has two fractures in his lower back, no internal injuries.. he will remain in hospital overnight.— Derek Rowles (@DerekRowles) December 9, 2014
Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer initially reported details on the accident:
A car crashed and overturned on the Church Street bridge over I-277 about 12:30 p.m. and ambulances are on the scene. A second car involved in the crash is also in the road, near Hill Street.
An Observer photographer at the scene said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was injured in the wreck.
Rescuers have closed outbound Church Street at Stonewall.
The Charlotte Observer provided video from the scene:
The Charlotte Observer passed along eyewitness accounts of the accident:
Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer has details on Newton's status:
Panthers official says Cam Newton undergoing tests now to make sure he's OK, as is believed to be the case.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 9, 2014
Person also passed along comments from Panthers owner Jerry Richardson:
#Panthers owner Jerry Richardson just left CMC after speaking to Cam Newton's doctors. "He's in good shape," Richardson said.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 9, 2014
Jones and Kami Mattioli of Sporting News reported more details:
CMPD officer just confirmed to me Newton was driving. Said he was able to communicate— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
CMFD says one passenger in each vehicle. Witness says other car pulled out in front of Cam. Says Cam's truck car "flipped at least 3 times."— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) December 9, 2014
Steve Crump of WBTV in Charlotte reports that Newton was taken to the hospital as a precaution:
CMPD source says no injuries to Cam Newton.He did not want to be transported. Taken to hospital as a precaution.— Steve Crump WBTV (@SteveCrumpWBTV) December 9, 2014
The Charlotte Observer reported that Newton was conscious and smiling after the crash:
Cam Newton is conscious and smiling after crash in uptown Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/tx6R9qisSh— Charlotte Observer (@theobserver) December 9, 2014
Jones tweeted photos of Newton being loaded into an ambulance and of the vehicles involved in the accident:
Cam Newton on a stretcher. Just loaded in ambulance pic.twitter.com/TP7rSRKXua— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Tow truck just turned over Newton's vehicle pic.twitter.com/N8CKJs94jw— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Cam Newton's car overturned just above I 277 pic.twitter.com/i5UjckyfbF— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Amanda Bazemore of WBTV has a close-up of Newton being loaded into the ambulance:
Becky Bereiter of Time Warner Cable News Charlotte and Derek Medlin of WRAL provided more photos of the scene:
The Panthers released a statement on the incident:
We are closely monitoring the situation of a car wreck involving Cam Newton. We will have more information at an appropriate time.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 9, 2014
Brett Jensen of WBT 1110 AM in Charlotte reports several people from the Panthers organization are already at the hospital visiting Newton:
Kelvin Benjamin just arrived at the hospital with a cpl others were escorted to VIP waiting room. Several Panthers brass on hand too— Brett Jensen (@Brett_Jensen) December 9, 2014
The quarterback shined in the Panthers' most recent game was in Week 14, a 41-10 road victory over the New Orleans Saints. Newton was 21-of-33 for 226 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
The Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
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