Cam Newton reportedly suffered two lower transverse fractures in his lower back due to a car accident he was in on Tuesday, according to a report.
The Charlotte Observer broke the story on his injury.
Newton was taken to the hospital and will stay there overnight.
Other than the fractures, his condition was listed as fair.
The Associated Press gave more details on the incident:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was undergoing tests and will spend the night in the hospital after being involved in a two-vehicle crash not far from the team’s stadium in Charlotte, the team said Tuesday.
Television footage showed Newton on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance. The Panthers said he was in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center where he will remain overnight for observation.
Photos from The Charlotte Observer showed the 25-year-old Newton smiling as he was attended to by an officer on the ground.
A black pickup 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 was caved in and a tow truck later was hauling it away. Another car that appeared to be involved in the crash had front end damage.
Police were investigating how the crash happened 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 in 2010.
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.
Newton threw three touchdown passes in Carolina’s 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, his best game in nearly a month-and-a-half. He also broke a string of eight straight games with an interception.
The win put the Panthers back in the playoff hunt, one-half game behind the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints (both 5-8).