PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Auburn coach Gene Chizik did not elaborate early Tuesday on what could be a significant injury to quarterback Cam Newton in Monday night's championship game.
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reported that Newton "seriously injured his lower back" late in the game and was X-rayed following the postgame press conference. By Tuesday morning it become evident around the Auburn camp that Newton had gotten X-rays although coach Gene Chizik did not provide details.
"I do not [have an update]," Chizik said Tuesday at the morning-after press conference. "This is a guy who is a competitor. He's playing in a championship game. Whatever pain he felt, whatever difficulty he was having, he was going to finish the game. We'll know more today."
Obviously, the Heisman Trophy winner's injury could have a significant impact. Newton must decide by Saturday whether to declare for the NFL Draft. If the injury is serious enough it could impact his draft position or even impact his decision on whether to go to the NFL.
"I don't want [anyone] to feel sorry for me," Newton told Freeman.
"As far as knowing what the extent of the injury is right now, I will know more later today," Chizik added.
Auburn will be traveling most of the day because of weather issues back east. That update might not come until late in the day.