Cam Newton Could Miss Week 15 After Car Accident
The Carolina Panthers and the NFL collectively got a scare on Tuesday afternoon, as news broke that star quarterback Cam Newton had been involved in what was deemed to be a “major” car accident.
Per reports, Newton escaped serious injury following the accident, in which his truck ended up on it’s side after being struck by another vehicle. Newton’s condition was immediately described by the team as “fair”, while the Charlotte Observer released a photo with their report that showed Newton resting on the concrete, visibly smiling.
Newton was still removed from the scene of the accident via a stretcher and was taken to a nearby hospital for overnight surveillance.
The Panthers don’t know for sure if Newton will sit out of their crucial week 15 battle with the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton is said to have suffered two minor back fractures, similar to what Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dealt with in week eight.
No word has broken yet on Newton’s status for the week, but it is likely that he will be held out as a precaution. With the Panthers needing to win out to make the playoffs, it’s also possible the team just plays it safe and shuts their franchise passer down for the remainder of the year.
Newton was already struggling for much of the year due to ankle and rib ailments, and it would arguably do him and the organization a lot of good to get a head start on getting him back to full strength for the 2015 NFL season.
While Newton being shut down should be on the table, the Panthers would obviously have to consider keeping him active if they win in week 15. Carolina is clearly not a playoff threat if Newton’s season is over, while with him they still have a remote chance of surprising, should they end up making the playoffs.
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