National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton

09 January, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

The NFL has asked the Carolina Panthers to explain their handling of quarterback Cam Newton, who was cleared to return after taking a bang on the head during Sunday's wildcard play-off loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL's new concussion protocol, implemented on December 11, included the notice that the league will 'require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)'.

On Monday, Carolina players, coaches and interim general manager Marty Hurney met with reporters to wrap up the season.

Newton took a shot to the head area from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata midway through the fourth quarter.

Newton and coach Ron Rivera both said after the game, which the Panthers lost 31-26, that the player was checked over after he was hit in the eye, not because of a concussion.

Newton returned on the next series and threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Christian McCaffrey on the third play of the possession.

Under recent modifications made to the NFL's procedures for evaluating and dealing with possible concussions suffered by players during games, any player who stumbles or falls must be taken to the locker room for evaluation.

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According to the National Football League, this required the player to be removed from the field for examination in a locker room.

The NFL and union announced changes to the protocol last month in the wake of Texans quarterback Tom Savage returning to the field after having an apparent seizure after a hit.

"Based on what the young man (Newton) said to me, that is what I believe happened", Rivera said.

This is not the first time the Panthers' handling of Newton has come under scrutiny.

"I'm not here to make that type of judgment", Jordan said in the Saints' postgame locker room.

Jordan said the hit that Newton absorbed was significant.

When a reported noted that Jordan's sauce comment was a callback to Newton's joke, Jordan said, "Petty, right?"



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