Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will miss the Monday Night Football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a concussion.

How Newton suffered the injury

In the fourth quarter of last week's 48-33 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Panthers attempted to go for a two-point conversion after a touchdown. The call was for Newton to run, and as he approached the goal line, he began to ease up. This allowed Falcons defender Deion Jones to rock Newton with a massive hit that would send him to the sidelines, and the locker room, for the remainder of the game.

The reigning MVP has a brief history of suffering head blows, most notably on five different occasions in the season opener against the Denver Broncos, which led to accusations of the organization violating concussion protocol by not forcing Newton to come out of the game to be checked.

Newton is 77 for 132 this season with 974 passing yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for two touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer also suffered a concussion in Week 4 and missed the Cardinals' Thursday night victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Carolina's backup plan

With Newton out, the Panthers will start Derek Anderson on Monday night. Anderson is considered one of the steadier backup quarterbacks in the NFL. When he came on for Newton last week, he completed 17 of 23 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.The Panthers are the fourth team the 33-year old Anderson has played for in his career -- he's been with the team since 2011. He has thrown for 60 career touchdowns and over 10,000 passing yards.

He also made the Pro Bowl with the Cleveland Browns in 2007.

Carolina will be missing several other key players for the NFC South showdown between two 1-3 teams. Starters Michael Oher (concussion), James Bradberry (toe), and Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) have all been ruled out. The Panthers also cut starting cornerback Bene Benwikere this week after he was the defender primarily responsible for covering Julio Jones in Week 4, who recorded 300 receiving yards.

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