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Cam Newton back at the Panthers' facilities Thursday

Less than a day after being discharged from the hospital, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was at the team facilities in meetings and getting treatment.

A team source within the Panthers’ facilities told the Observer Newton was in Bank of America Stadium Thursday morning, one day after he stayed at home with his family to rest and recuperate after being discharged.

Newton was involved in a two-car collision late Tuesday that sent him to Carolinas Medical Center with fractures in his lower back. He was also stiff and sore upon leaving the hospital Wednesday, and that was expected to be the case for at least a week.

On Wednesday night, Newton posted a picture to Instagram showing his totaled 1998 Dodge Ram truck. Below the picture he posted a message to his fans telling them to appreciate every day and thanking them for their prayers and well wishes.


I do not know where to begin because by the look of that picture soMEone is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now! While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has there protective hands on my life shielding me from any danger that may come my way! I know one thing, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF "IF" you are holding a grudge against someone, "IF" you don't tell the people that's close and dear to you that "YOU LOVE THEM" every chance you get, "IF" your mad because something didn't go your way today! L1FE IS TO SHORT FOR YOU NOT TO APPRECIATE IT TO THE FULLNESS; THROUGH THE GOOD AND THE BAD! I thank you to the people who have been keeping me in there prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery! I am appreciative for the many great things GOD has given me to be thankful for. It's a old cliché statement but it says "GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!" And as that crash constantly plays back in my mind every time I close my eyes, I can't go another day without me THANKING GOD for the opportunities he has given me in my life and this accident puts ALOT of things in perspective of what's important and what's not! SHAMEonYOU if YOU go another second in life with holding a grudge or HATING on someone, taking life for granted, or just not appreciating the breath you just breathed; trust and believe there are plenty people with illnesses, people in the hospital, or even people that are 6ft under the earth that W1SH they had "another"opportunity to do so! So if you read this I challenge you to L1VE life to the fullness everyday! 1OVE the people who are close to you (and don't be afraid to tell them as well)! FORG1VE "whoever" for "whatever" they did! Trust when I tell you that L1FE is to short for you NOT to do those things! #THANKyouJESUSforALLOWINGmeTOseeANOTHERday L1VE-1OVE-FORG1VE=HAPP1NESS

A photo posted by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Dec 12, 2014 at 4:46pm PST

The Panthers will start Derek Anderson at quarterback Sunday against Tampa Bay. Newton will be inactive for the game, but the hope is he’ll be able to manage the pain in his lower back enough to start and play effectively next week against the Browns.

--Jonathan Jones

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