Friday, 19 October, 2018

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

Carolina Panthers Cam Newton hugs New Orleans Saints Drew Brees before an NFL football game in Charlotte N.C. Sunday Sept. 24 2017. The Saints won 34-13 National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton
Betsy Taylor | 09 January, 2018, 00:56

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. They will not comment further until those conversations are completed.

Newton took a hard hit in the fourth quarter in which he claimed his helmet came down over his eyes and hurt his right eye. If he did indeed suffer a head injury, it would have required him to go to the locker to get examined by the team training staff to go through the concussion protocol. The Panthers would find the end zone one more time, but it's what happened during the final seconds that has people talking about this game. After the game, Newton said he was hit in the eye and that the concussion test was precautionary, per Tiffany Blackmon of the NFL Network.

Newton was slow to get up and collapsed on his way back to the sideline.


There is little margin for error for determination with head injuries as it has been at the forefront of scrutiny by the National Football League over the last several years.

Rivera told reporters Monday that he didn't think Newton had demonstrated any post-concussion symptoms.

If the concussion protocol was not properly followed the team is subject to discipline, including a $150,000 fine.

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