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Cam Newton suffers short-term spinal injury in car wreck

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The Panthers quarterback isn't seriously injured, but could still miss Sunday's game against the Bucs.

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Cam Newton was involved in a car accident this morning, which resulted in some injury and meant he had to be taken to the hospital. Thankfully, Newton does not appear to be seriously injured.

The Panthers are saying that he has a "transverse process spin fracture", which according to former NFL doctor David Chao is a short-term injury. Ian Rapoport notes that it's similar to Tony Romo's back injury, who missed one game before returning. That means Newton is likely to miss Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which should signal the return of Derek Anderson.

Incidentally, that would mean the Bucs are about to face Derek Anderson for the second time this year, as he faced the Bucs in week one when Cam Newton was out with a rib injury. Anderson completed 24 of 34 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against the Bucs in week one of this season, but the Tampa Bay defense has improved by leaps and bounds since then.

For more on Cam Newton and the Panthers, head on over to Cat Scratch Reader. They should have everything you need to know.