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Anderson completed 25-of-40 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bucs, also adding 14 rushing yards on five carries.

Anderson got the start in place of the injured Cam Newton (back), and he beat the Bucs for the second time this season. Anderson connected with five different receivers, though he focused heavily on tight end Greg Olsen, who caught 10 passes on 13 targets for 110 yards. If Newton is unable to practice this week, Anderson will likely be under center in Week 16 against the Browns, who are allowing the ninth-fewest passing yards per game this season.

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Head coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday that Anderson will start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in place of the injured Cam Newton (back), Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton will not be ready to play this week after breaking two bones in his back Tuesday, so Anderson will start against the Buccaneers for the second time this season. Anderson, who threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay in Week 1, will square off against a Buccaneers team that ranks 24th in the league in passing yards allowed per game.

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Anderson is likely to start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, after teammate Cam Newton (back) was injured during a car crash Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Anderson's only other start this season also came versus Tampa Bay, when Newton was nursing a ribs ailment in Week 1. Now with Newton suffering two lower back fractures Tuesday, Anderson is expected to start at quarterback in Sunday's NFC South meeting. In his aforementioned Week 1 start, Anderson completed 24 of 34 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, which led to a Panthers win. Since then, the veteran has thrown two more touchdowns this season and is yet to toss an interception. As a result, the Panthers are in trusty hands with Anderson, a 2007 Pro-Bowler, serving as their starting signal-caller until Newton is healthy enough to return.

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Anderson's teammate Cam Newton remains in a hospital overnight following a car accident. While Newton was initially thought to be OK, it was later revealed the quarterback suffered some minor fractures in his back and his status for this week's game is in question.

The Panthers also have Joe Webb around, but should Newton not be able to go it'd likely be Anderson who gets the call. The journeyman performed well as the Week 1 starter, completing 24 of 34 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no picks, though he's a completely different quarterback than Newton. Owners of any Carolina skill player should pay the situation close attention all week. It's worth noting that the matchup against and their 24th-ranked pass defense is enticing no matter which QB gets the start, though you'd have to be out of some regular options to be looking Anderson's way for a fantasy playoff game.

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Anderson returned to his second-string quarterback position upon teammate Cam Newton (ribs) starting Sunday's Week 2 win over the Lions.

Anderson filled-in admirably for Newton in the Panthers' season opener, passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns to beat the Buccaneers. However, with Carolina's franchise quarterback, who hadn't missed a game since being draft No. 1 overall in 2011, returning to health, Anderson has been relegated to his usual backup position.

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Anderson looked good in Sunday's 20-14 win at Tampa Bay, completing 24-of-34 pass attempts for 230 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Anderson got the start, filling in for Cam Newton (ribs), and showed a good rapport with Greg Olsen and rookie Kelvin Benjamin, as the pair of pass catchers combined to grab 14 passes for 175 yards and two scores. Check back on Newton's status for next week, but all indications are that he'll be ready to go. However, it looks like Anderson will be competent for Carolina should Newton not be able to play.

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Anderson will start at quarterback for the Panthers on Sunday against the Bucs in place of Cam Newton, who is dealing with a rib issue.

Working with a revamped wideout corps that is a work in progress, Anderson isn't a high-percentage play this week, but the veteran QB does at least offer anyone scrambling for a Newton replacement with a replacement option.

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The Panthers are reportedly leaning toward starting Anderson over Cam Newton (ribs) Sunday against the Bucs, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

The report notes that the team could reconsider such an outcome as Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff approaches, but Anderson does at least offer Newton owners who lack QB depth, a potential contingency lineup plan for Week 1.

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With coach Ron Rivera reportedly considering sitting Cam Newton (ribs) Sunday against the Bucs, according to NFL Networks' Ian Rapoport, Anderson could be pressed into action in Week 1.

While he would hardly be a high-percentage play in the event that such a scenario arises, Anderson does at least offer Newton owners a potential contingency lineup plan in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

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Anderson will not return to Thursday's game due to a right hand injury.

If Anderson's injury turns out to be serious, the team could find themselves considerably thin at the backup quarterback position. Although Cam Newton seems confident he'll be ready for Week 1, the team would have to turn to Joe Webb in the case that neither Newton or Anderson are able to go. Anderson's status should be updated by the team later in the evening, or at some point this weekend.