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Newton (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports.

This news makes it all but certain that Newton will be under center Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is "on track" to start and that "everything is positive" regarding the quarterback's injury. You'll want to confirm his status Sunday before using him, but Newton looks like he will be safe to deploy, though he may not need to go to the air very frequently against the Browns if the running game is gashing Cleveland's D like the Bengals did last week.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Newton (back) practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera said that he "probably" expects Newton to start Sunday versus the Browns, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

During Newton's media session, he relayed that he's experienced no discomfort in practice the past two days. While admitting he must be "100 percent" for the Panthers to clear him, Rivera's eventual decision will be predicated on his ability to avoid an aggravation of his back in advance of Sunday's game. Expect Rivera to make the call between Newton and Derek Anderson on Friday.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Newton (back) handled all first-team reps in the individual portion of drills Thursday, Joe Person of Charlotte Observer reports.

The development comes one day removed from Newton splitting reps with his backup, Derek Anderson, and could mean that the former is on track to start in Week 16 against the Browns. Such a decision is expected to be made by coach Ron Rivera on Friday, which won't leave owners in limbo heading into the weekend.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Newton (back) split reps with Derek Anderson in practice Wednesday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Afterward, coach Ron Rivera told NFL Network, "I like what I saw. Tomorrow will be a big day, especially in AM, to see where he is."

Newton's return to practice is an encouraging sign for his Week 16 availability, which will be confirmed, one way or another, by Rivera on Friday, when he'll confirm the Panthers' starting quarterback, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. As a result, interested parties should tune in after the final practice of the week to learn if Newton will in fact be under center Sunday against the Browns.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Newton (back) returned to practice Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton made his first appearance since sustaining two transverse process fractures to his lower back last Tuesday. Although he yielded a majority of the first-team reps to Derek Anderson in the portion of practice open to the media, Newton didn't appear particularly limited. As the week continues, Newton will seemingly be given every opportunity to establish his health in advance of Sunday's game against the Browns.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Head coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that he will not make a decision about Newton's (back) status for Week 16 against the Browns until he sees him in practice Monday and Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

Newton has held out of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering two transverse process fractures in his back during a car accident Tuesday, though there was a light expectation that he would be able to return in Week 16 because Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took only one game off after suffering a similar injury in a game. If Newton is unable to play, Derek Anderson who started against the Bucs, would be under center again.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

The Panthers are optimistic that Newton, who is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering a back injury in a car crash earlier this week, will play next week against the Browns, NFL.com reports.

Despite their 4-8-1 record, the Panthers are still in the thick of the NFC South race, and Newton wants to get back on the field as quickly as possible. Tony Romo missed just one game with a similar ailment this season, though the circumstances surrounding Newton's injury are obviously much more traumatic. We'll be tracking his status closely in the days leading up to Week 16.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Newton (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Newton is just a day removed from breaking two bones in his back in a car accident, so he will not be available this week. Head coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start at quarterback for the Panthers in Week 15.

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Newton (lower back) -- who was involved in a car accident Tuesday -- was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton -- who suffered two transverse process fractures to his lower back Tuesday -- is suffering from soreness, but the report relays that the QB did not sustain additional injuries apart from his back issue. At this stage, Newton is considered day-to-day, but it seems unlikely that he will be available Sunday against the Bucs. Per ESPN.com, Derek Anderson took first-team QB snaps in practice on Wednesday, backed up by Joe Webb.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 Months

Newton (back) is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, after suffering two fractures in his back during a car accident Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton was involved in a scary two-car crash Tuesday afternoon, when his truck reportedly overturned several times on a road near the Panthers' stadium. After being transported via ambulance to a local hospital, Newton was revealed to have suffered two transverse process fractures to his lower back. As a result, the Panthers' signal-caller is likely to miss this weekend's game versus Tampa Bay, which would allow Derek Anderson to make his second start of the campaign. Coincidentally, Anderson's lone other start came in Week 1 against the Buccaneers, when Newton was slowed by a ribs ailment. For context regarding Newton's latest health concern, Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo suffered the same back injury earlier this season and missed one game due to the problem.