The good news for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is that in the long run, he's going to be okay.
But the bad is for the next few weeks, he's going to be dealing with two fractured vertebrae in his back. Those the result of Tuesday afternoons accident that sent his Dodge Ram pickup truck rolling over three times before coming to a landing on an overpass near the Panthers stadium.
Witnesses told police about seeing a car trying to cross the street Newton was driving on when it struck the QB's truck starting the action. The driver of the car was not injured, Newton was transported to the hospital where he stayed overnight.
Newton's status for Sunday's game vs. Tampa Bay is very much in question. The team has been preparing backup Derek Anderson in case Newton is unable to go.
((NOTE--Wednesday afternoon--Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Anderson will get the start))
The injury Newton suffered is very similar to the back injury Dallas QB Tony Romo has been dealing with. Romo has played successfully, but his game is different than Newton's. Cam relies more on a physical running style, Romo does not.
More on Newton from WCNC-TV in Charlotte: