Panthers Facing Questions About Cam Newton's Quick Return

Panthers Facing Questions About Cam Newton's Quick Return

Panthers Facing Questions About Cam Newton's Quick Return

METAIRIE, La. - Cameron Jordan made good on his promise to send a bottle of wine to longtime rival Cam Newton as a mocking thank-you gesture after the New Orleans Saints completed a three-game sweep of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The NFL and NFLPA determined the Panthers properly followed the protocol in that case.

Interim general manager Marty Hurney insists the Carolina Panthers handled the medical treatment of quarterback Cam Newton "the right way" during Sunday's 31-26 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

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.

But the Panthers' announced Newton instead was tested for a concussion in the blue sideline tent, cleared and permitted to return to the game. - after missing only one play.

Newton returned on the next series and threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Christian McCaffrey on the third play of the possession.

According to Fox Sports' Chris Myers on the broadcast, Newton's visor poked him in the eye, a unusual explanation following a crushing blow.

But the investigation did lead to the National Football League announcement of new concussion protocol last month.

Newton spent time on the ground after the hit.

Asked if Newton had displayed any signs of a brain injury, coach Ron Rivera said, "I don't think so".

'I know it was precautionary things for a concussion, but it wasn't a hit to the head it was my eye, ' he said. "If he wants to send me his address I can send him some sauce".

The Panthers were investigated once before in the 2016 season opener at Denver when Newton took a blow to the head but remained in the game.

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.

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