The Panthers released Newton's injury status on the team's Twitter on Tuesday.
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
The back injuries are essentially the same type of injury that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had earlier in the season. Romo missed one game as a result of the injury. According to ESPN, Newton will likely be held overnight in the hospital for observation. He was described at the scene as being alert, but in pain.
It should probably surprise no one if Newton is shut down for the season with only three games left and a faint chance left at the NFC South title, despite a record of 4-8-1. If Newton can't go, then backup Derek Anderson would fill in. Anderson led the Panthers to a win in Week 1 against the Buccaneers when Newton had to sit out with fractured ribs.
Newton has 2,812 yards passing this season, with 425 yards rushing. He has 16 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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