Published January 08, 2015
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson will start in place of injured Cam Newton on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back in a two- car accident Tuesday afternoon near the team's stadium. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning and will be reevaluated next week.
Anderson started for Newton in the Panthers' Week 1 win at Tampa Bay. Newton was dealing with a rib injury at the time and Anderson went 24-for-34 passing for 230 yards with two touchdowns in the 20-14 decision.
Anderson has completed 70 percent of his passes for 424 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in four games this season, replacing Newton late in games when the outcomes were decided.