Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

National Football League officials to review if Panthers followed concussion protocol

National Football League officials to review if Panthers followed concussion protocol

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.

The NFL and the players union have launched an official review to determine whether the Carolina Panthers followed the concussion protocol properly with quarterback Cam Newton during Sunday's NFC wild-card game vs. the Saints.

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

The Panthers later announced that Newton had been cleared to return to the game after being evaluated for a possible concussion. He led a touchdown march that got Carolina within one score, but their next and final possession ended with a turnover on downs.

This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol. He was replaced by Derek Anderson, and, as he moved toward the sideline, Newton went to the ground and appeared to be pointing toward his right eye.

But that price is a pittance for a multi-billion-dollar franchise, so the question of whether the punishment for clubs found to be guilty of not following the rules could become an offseason topic of debate.

Newton said after the game Sunday that "precautionary concussion protocol things" happened, but "it wasn't my head". This might be worst - with the Saints' standout pass rusher sending a special gift to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

"This "Cam Newton's visor poked him in the eye" is the greatest storyline in the history of sports", Nowinski said. Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said he could not tell whether Newton was displaying any symptoms of a concussion. After the Week 3 game, Jordan made some jokes about Newton's fashion choices. We saw him rock back and forth.

Goodell and other NFL officials have said the league's concussion-related rules are created to put return-to-play decisions in the hands of doctors and medical personnel, without any consideration given to competitive concerns. "I think Ryan Kalil is a hell of a player, and Matt Kalil, speedbump".

"Carolina picked him, so the brothers could reunite", Jordan said.

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