When looking into “broken backs”, there are two issues that determine whether or not the injury is super serious, or just kind of serious. This lies with whether or not the fracture is stable or unstable

How is it possible for an NFL quarterback to play in a game less than two weeks after breaking his back?

On December 9th, the star quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton rolled his truck in a two-vehicle accident. While strapped to a spine board, paramedics took him from the scene. He was later x-rayed and diagnosed with two fractured transverse processes (TVP) in his back.