*Today, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke for the first time about his car crash near Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday.
Newton arrived at BOA early Thursday morning to begin rehabbing from the two-car wreck that rolled his truck and left him with two small fractures in his lower back. The injuries are similar to what Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered earlier this year. Romo missed one start. Newton will be sidelined for at least Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.
“As far as when I’m coming back, who cares,” he told the media. “That’s not something I’m worried about. I’m just thankful to have breath in my lungs so I can breathe again.”
The QB also met with coaches and players before addressing the media for just over six minutes. He leaned on the podium for most of the interview, obviously still sore from the crash.
“I feel great,” Newton said. “I could be feeling way much worse, as we all know. Me being a religious person, God is good. I’m lucky to be standing in front of you guys.”
Coach Ron Rivera said it was good to see Newton back in the building. He said the best-case scenario would be for his franchise quarterback to be back on the practice field next week, but pointed out there are no guarantees.
Teammates said they were relieved to see Newton, who did not receive any external cuts or injuries in the crash.
“He looked like he’d been in a game where he got hurt a lot,” fullback Mike Tolbert said.
Newton described details of the crash, how the driver that pulled out in front of him at first appeared to slow down and then sped up and clipped the back left end of his 1998 Dodge pickup to send it into a roll.
Newton said once he crawled out of the truck and looked at the wreckage, he was in disbelief that he had survived. He described how one plus one always equals two. But looking at the truck, on its side with the roof smashed in, he realized “one plus one doesn’t equal two, because somebody is supposed to be dead.”
“And I can’t stop smiling because it’s like God has his hands on me,” Newton said. “I’m on somebody’s fantasy league. I think it’s the man upstairs. It’s great to walk away from something like that.”