Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton released from hospital after fracturing back in car crash

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was released from hospital in North Carolina this morning but is still ‘stiff and sore’ after yesterday’s car crash.

Newton, 25, suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back from the two-vehicle crash not far from the team’s stadium in Charlotte, Fox Carolina reported.

He was discharged at 11:15am from Carolinas Medical Center and is going home to rest and recover.

Television footage showed Newton on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance after the crash on Tuesday.

It was initially unclear how badly he was hurt, but photos from the Charlotte Observer showed Newton smiling as he was attended to by an officer on the ground.

Carolina Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton held a press conference just after 3pm saying that Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back and was listed in fair condition.

A truck that Charlotte Mecklenburg police spokesman Robert Tufano said Newton was driving was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street.

The roof of the truck was caved in. Another car that appeared to be involved in the crash had front end damage.

The police were investigating how the crash happened at around 12.30pm on a bridge that crosses busy I-277 in the shadow of Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers play.

Newton has 2,800 yards passing this season with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has rushed for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 4-8-1 record.

An Atlanta native, Newton led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship.

As word of the accident spread online, NFL players started sending good wishes on social media.

‘Praying for @CameronNewton,’ Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck tweeted.

A witness told TMZ that a sedan T-boned Newton’s pickup truck from the left side. According to reports from the scene, his Dodge Ram flipped over at least three times on the road.

When the pickup truck came to rest on its right side, Newton was able to crawl out the back window and walk over the shoulder of the highway, where he laid down.

According to reports, when paramedics arrived on the scene Newton initially told them he did not want to go to the hospital, but he eventually relented.

Preliminary tests showed that he suffered a pair of traverse process fractures in his lower back, as well as scrapes and bruises.

A fracture of traverse process a is a break of a part of one of the bones in the spine shaped like a wing.

The driver of the other vehicle was also hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

The quarterback was described as conscious and responsive after the crash.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson visited Newton in the hospital at around 2pm eastern time, telling reporters assembled outside, ‘He’s in good shape.’

Newton’s injuries likely will keep him out of Sunday’s home game against the Buccaneers, team sources told News Observer.

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