Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

Interim GM Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera said Monday they believe the Panthers followed the protocol after Newton took a big hit in the fourth quarter of the 31-26 loss in New Orleans.

The team soon indicated he'd been cleared of a concussion.

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

National Football League officials have already been in contact with the Panthers' medical staff as to why Newton was not taken to the locker room when he was being evaluated for a concussion.

The organisation stipulates that any player suspected of having concussion must be evaluated in the dressing room.

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This entire situation concerns a hit that he took from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata with just over eight minutes left in the game.

Newton stayed in for the rest of the game that saw him throw a 56-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Christian McCaffrey on the third play after he returned. Newton later said he did NOT feel like he had a concussion, but suffered an eye injury from his helmet slipping down.

"We did everything the right way", Hurney said (per the Charlotte Observer).

Panthers officials maintained Monday that Newton, following instructions from the sideline, took a knee so backup QB Derek Anderson could get warmed up. The league and players' union conducted probes past year after Newton took a hard hit to the head late in the season opener at Denver but did not come out of the game.

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