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National Football League officials to review if Panthers followed concussion protocol

National Football League officials to review if Panthers followed concussion protocol

The NFL and the NFL Players Association are opening an investigation into whether the Carolina Panthers properly followed the league's concussion protocol for quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday.

In Sunday's wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints, Newton was hit hard by Saints defensive lineman David Onyemata with about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.

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.

Anderson entered the game for one play, a third-down incompletion, and Newton returned on the next drive.

Newton finished the game as the Panthers lost, 31-26, at the Superdome and saw their season end.

According to Fox Sports' Chris Myers on the broadcast, Newton's visor poked him in the eye, a odd explanation following a crushing blow. The league and players' union conducted probes previous 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. Any player showing "gross or sustained vertical instability" following a hit is now required to be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, according to the NFL's updated concussion protocol.

Medical personnel attended to him as he sat on the field, then took him to the medical tent on the sideline for evaluation. The Houston Texans were not punished for their handling of a concussion suffered by quarterback Tom Savage, although the National Football League and NFLPA concluded the outcome of the Savage evaluation was unacceptable.

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

Rivera did not believe Newton had not demonstrated any post-concussion symptoms Monday.

Newton spent time on the ground after the hit.

"I was actually talking more to the other Kalil brother", Jordan said after the game.

This is the second time this season the Panthers are being investigated for their handling of Newton as it pertains to the concussion protocol. He was surprised to see Newton return to the game, he said.

"I hate that I couldn't do enough to get a win today for a lot of guys I think highly of", Newton said. We saw him rock back and forth. Jordan said. "Look, he like spun".

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