Cam Newton was involved in a car accident in Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon. He was loaded onto a stretcher and into an ambulance after the wreck. Newton was taken to the hospital at 12:50 p.m. ET.
The extent of Newton's injuries does not appear to be serious. A spokesman with the Carolina Panthers told reporters that Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back. The injury could be similar to what Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered in November. Romo sat out one game after fracturing two transverse processes in his back in Week 8, but was able to return in Week 10 and play well.
Newton reportedly did not suffer any internal injuries, and does not appear to have suffered any head injuries. He will remain at the hospital overnight for observation, just as the Panthers announced earlier in the afternoon. The Panthers' spokesman said that he did not receive an indication that Newton would require surgery, and would not speculate whether he would miss playing time. Via USA Today:
"Right now, we've thought about Cam's well being and hopefully the well being of someone else in the other car who was injured," Dayton said. "Just hope that they're all OK. We haven't gone there."
According to the Charlotte Observer, Newton's truck overturned on the Church Street bridge going over I-277 in Charlotte, near the Carolina Panthers' stadium, after colliding with a Buick sedan. Emergency crews arrived on the scene. There were reportedly no other passengers in Newton's truck.
The Observer's Jonathan Jones reported that it was Newton's truck that overturned, and that Newton was driving. The Observer was able to photograph Newton conscious at the scene.
No matter what other Cam photos emerge over the next few hours, Todd Sumlin's will hold up as the picture of the day: pic.twitter.com/7xLHMGJqnf— Théoden Janes (@theodenjanes) December 9, 2014
Video from the Observer showed Newton being treated.
More from the scene:
Cam Newton being loaded into ambulance https://t.co/Sc2wK6KGJg— 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
Cam Newton's truck being pulled from its side by tow truck https://t.co/lsDPXyQJOw— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Other car involved in Cam Newton accident pic.twitter.com/oE6AVF5kcw— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Items from Cam Newton's car pulled by CMPD officer. Belk clothing and Beats headphones pic.twitter.com/jMg90B9F5s— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014