Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Wednesday officially ruled Cam Newton out of this week's game against Tampa Bay.
But after seeing the pictures of Newton's totaled truck following Tuesday's two-car accident, Rivera said the Panthers were thankful their franchise quarterback's injuries weren't worse.
"When you see the pictures, there is a sense of relief. Thank goodness he was the only occupant, too, because the passenger side took a pretty good wallop," Rivera said. "But he's very fortunate. We're very fortunate. The other driver's very fortunate. Thank goodness that this was not a little more serious."
Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back in the wreck and spent Tuesday night at Carolinas Medical Center. Newton was released Wednesday morning and is expected to be at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday
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But he will not play in Sunday's home game against the Buccaneers. Newton has missed only one other game in his four-year career -- a Week 1 win at Tampa Bay when he was recovering from cracked ribs.
Backup Derek Anderson, who led the Panthers to a 20-14 win in the season opener, again will get the start against the Bucs. Veteran quarterback/wide receiver Joe Webb will be Anderson's backup.
Rivera said Newton would return to the practice field when his pain allows.
"We're back to square one like we were this summer with the rib injury. It's going to be about what he tells the doctors. It's going to be about what we observe ... keeping an eye on him," Rivera said. "He's a very tough-minded, tough-willed young man. He wants to get back out there and help this football team as best as he can."