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Cam Newton Thankful to Be Alive Following Crash

Cam Newton is thankful to be alive after escaping a horrific-looking automobile accident without any life-threatening injuries, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

The Panthers quarterback posted a lengthy introspective message to his Instagram account late Wednesday night with a photo of his mangled truck.

“By the look of that picture SoMEone is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now,” Newton posted. “While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has (their) protective hands on my life shielding me from danger that may come my way!”

Newton fractured two bones in his lower back when his truck crashed and overturned one block from the team’s downtown stadium, but will not need surgery. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton, who has started 60 of 61 games during his career, will not play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

“I won’t expose him,” Rivera said. “I don’t want to put him in a bad position.”

Newton, 25, did not practice with the team Wednesday, but Rivera said he is likely to return to the facility on Thursday.

Newton thanked those who have sent thoughts and prayers, adding: . “This accident puts A LOT of things in perspective of what’s important and what’s not!”


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