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Published: Tue, September 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Newton did not need to leave game after hit by Broncos


The NFL and the NFL Players' Association announced Sunday that they are both addressing circumstances surrounding decisions made by medical personnel during Thursday's game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos when the Panthers' star quarterback Cam Newton took what appeared to be a brutal hit by Broncos safety Darian Stewart. Every concussion discussion involving an National Football League quarterback potentially affects Cutler, who has endured too many seasons as a crash-test dummy and can relate to what Newton endured.

"The NFL is committed to the proper application of the concussion protocol", NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.

"Start thinking about the next one", said Rivera, whose team plays San Francisco on September 18. The first one came September 4, when Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. took a brutal hit to the helmet from Texas safety DeShon Elliott. He is much bigger than any secondary player, and as big as many linebackers.

Newton said he was asked "a couple questions, but nothing too serious" while being evaluated in the locker room after the loss.

Stewart said after the game he felt as if he led with his shoulder, not his head.

Newton wasn't examined until after the game, as the league's independent concussion spotter and athletic trainer had determined that Newton did not need to be examined on the sideline during the game, even as he struggled to get up. Only one roughing the passer penalty was called on the Broncos and that was nullified by an intentional grounding call on Newton.

The NFL and NFLPA jointly monitor compliance with the sport's concussion policy, under a new agreement put into effect this year.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - In the wake of their win over the Carolina Panthers in the season opener, the Denver Broncos have heard the "D" word tossed around plenty about their defense and how they play.

The Broncos had four helmet-to-helmet hits on Newton in the second half, including one by Marshall the league said should have been flagged, according to reports.

NFL.com's Judy Battista also said that while the cameras didn't show Newton undergoing evaluation after the hit from Stewart, medical officials did go to him during a stoppage of play of just over two minutes. "They'll tell us, 'This has been referred for discipline.' And I appreciate the fact that they go through their process as well". The commissioner retains full discretion over punishment, which can range from $50,000 to $150,000 in fines and the forfeiture of draft picks.

The NCAA instituted a rule allowing replay officials to review potential targeting plays, yet, for reasons that escape anybody with eyesight, nobody saw targeting.

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