Cam Newton Famous CTE Expert Calls BS ... That's a Concussion

Cam Newton

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.

It appears that the review will focus on whether Newton fell on his way to the Panthers' sideline after absorbing a fourth-quarter hit or was told by a member of Carolina's medical staff to drop to his knees.

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 Panthers QB struggled to get to his feet before collapsing as he made his way towards the sidelines to get checked out by team doctors.

The NFL's new concussion protocol, implemented on December 11, included the notice that the league will 'require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)'.

Jordan got the last word by making the game-saving play in Sunday's 31-26 victory over the Panthers in their wild-card playoff game - plowing through two blockers to force an intentional grounding penalty (although Carolina coach Ron Rivera disagreed with the grounding call).

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Both rushed for more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage with Kamara perhaps the most electric of the two. Even for players who weren't on the team's last injury report , the bye week carried plenty of value.

Newton spent time on the ground after the hit.

"Based on what the young man (Newton) said to me, that is what I believe happened", Rivera said.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said he could not tell whether Newton was displaying any symptoms of a concussion.

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 said after the game the issue was with his eye, not his head.

"We tried to force him to be uncomfortable, we tried to force him to make errors, and I don't think he made many", Jordan said. "We romped him good".

When a reported noted that Jordan's sauce comment was a callback to Newton's joke, Jordan said, "Petty, right?"

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