NFL, NFLPA to investigate Panthers' concussion evaluation of Cam Newton

Dean Simpson
January 9, 2018

Newton exited Carolina's wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints after taking a hit to the head in the fourth quarter. 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.

Panthers officials maintained Monday that Newton, following instructions from the sideline, took a knee so backup QB Derek Anderson could get warmed up.

Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney said the medical staff "did everything the right way" when it came to handling Newton's injury.


The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000, and the team's coaching and medical staffs were required to attend medical training regarding the concussion protocol, after a joint review determined the club did not properly evaluate quarterback Russell Wilson following a hard tackle during a November 9 game against Arizona.

Both Newton and head coach Ron Rivera indicated after the game that he was poked in the eye and wasn't dealing with symptoms of a head injury.

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.


With about 16 seconds left in the contest, Cam Newton launched a ball towards the end zone to WR Devin Funchess, but what made people so upset is that Funchess made little to no effort to get that catch when the ball was RIGHT THERE.

According to the policy, if the protocol was not properly followed, the team is subject to discipline. At the same time, there was also another more egregious incident on December 29 concerning Tom Savage after he showed obvious concussion-like symptoms, but the league did not charge the Texans for any violations.


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