CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- 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.