Cam Newton discharged from hospital, Panthers choose backup to take his place

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A Charlotte firefighter tends to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton following a crash in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
This image made from video and provided by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, shows the vehicle Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9) CHARLOTTE MEDIA OUT
This image made from video and provided by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, shows the vehicle Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte.The Charlotte Observer reported that Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9) CHARLOTTE MEDIA OUT
This image made from video and provided by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, shows the vehicle, top left between a fire truck and tow truck, that Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9) CHARLOTTE MEDIA OUT
This image made from video and released by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, shows the vehicle Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. A truck was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street. The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9)CHARLOTTE MEDIA OUT
This image made from video and provided by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, shows the vehicle Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. A truck was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street. The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9) CHARLOTTE MEDIA OUT
This image made from video and released by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, shows the vehicle Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. A truck was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street. The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9)
This image made from video and released by WSOC-TV channel 9 in Charlotte, N.C., shows the vehicle Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was driving in Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. A truck was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street. The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck. (AP Photo/WSOC-TV channel 9)
A towing-operator works to upright the damaged truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the quarterback was involved in an accident, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Newton was taken to the hospital. It's unclear how badly the 25-year-old he was injured. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)
Emergency personnel tend to a damaged truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after the quarterback was involved in an accident, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Newton was taken to the hospital. It's unclear how badly the 25-year-old he was injured. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)
The damaged truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sits near Bank of America Stadium after the quarterback was involved in an accident, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Newton was taken to the hospital. It's unclear how badly the 25-year-old he was injured. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)
Police and fire officials examine Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's damaged truck following a crash in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
A Charlotte firefighter tends to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton following a crash in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09: A pickup truck belonging to quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, that was involved in a roll over accident, is towed away from in front of Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Newton was transported from the scene in an ambulance after he was invovled in a car accident. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Derek Anderson will start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in place of Cam Newton, who is recovering from an automobile accident that left him with two fractures in his lower back. (Dec. 10)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09: A police officer looks over the scene after a pickup truck belonging to quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was involved in a roll over accident in front of Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Newton was transported from the scene in an ambulance after he was invovled in a car accident. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 7, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers wears a pair of military-themed beats headphones as he warms up before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Atlanta won 19-17. 

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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton gives high-fives to fans after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The Panthers won 24-7.

Photo Credit: Bob Leverone, AP Photo

Two vehicles are damaged after a collision involving Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
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CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano said Cam Newton was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. http://t.co/d3kPSIxPVI
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BREAKING: Cam Newton was involved in a Huge car accident near the stadium. He's now on his way to the hospital. http://t.co/xZocuxXVeR
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Derek Anderson will start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in place of Cam Newton, who is recovering from an automobile accident that left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Rivera says it's highly unlikely Newton will suit up against the Buccaneers.

Newton was discharged from the hospital Wednesday. He was not at the team's facility and Rivera says he will be reevaluated next week.

The coach says he met with Newton on Tuesday and "in true Cam fashion, he was disappointed for his teammates."

Rivera says he has confidence in Anderson, pointing out "he's had some success in this league."

Anderson started against Tampa Bay in the season opener and threw two touchdown passes, leading the Panthers to a 20-14 victory.

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