Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has left hospital today 24-hours after being involved in a car wreck just moments away from the Bank of America Stadium.
The incident left Newton with two transverse process fractures in his lower back but he was said to be in good spirits on release Wednesday morning. His status for the Panthers' crucial Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is unclear.
New details revealed from the official police report however show just how lucky Newton was to escape the head-on collision without more serious injury.
As reported by ProFootballTalk, two witnesses have told police that they saw the other driver involved in the wreck pull out in front of Newton's SUV.
The man driving the vehicle that hit Newton's told police that he simply did not see the Panthers QB's car as he made the manoeuvre, attempting to swerve at the final moment but failing to avoid the collision.
With images showing Newton's vehicle pretty banged up, its roof caved in after impact, the wreck was already fairly dramatic for all involved. But it sounds like the quarterback was just moments away from something even worse.
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The report also makes it clear that Cam Newton "was not speeding or driving dangerously" in the lead up to the accident - clearing the quarterback of driving inappropriately in any way.
With Newton in the clear in terms of any wrongdoing, questions now turn to the quarterback's health and potential return date.
With the injury suffered in the wreck the same one as that that kept Tony Romo out of action for one week earlier this season it seems highly unlikely Newton will be under center for the Panthers this weekend.
But with the franchise desperately trying to salvage a disappointing season - and sneak into the playoffs in the process - those in charge at Carolina must be desperate to get him back on the gridiron as soon as possible.
For Newton's long-term health though let's hope the decision-makers make the right choice.
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