Panthers claiming Cam Newton had knee injury, not concussion

  • Panthers claiming Cam Newton had knee injury, not concussion

Panthers claiming Cam Newton had knee injury, not concussion

Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers catches the ball as Rafael Bush of the New Orleans Saints defends during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans.

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is a big guy and one of the bigger quarterbacks in the NFL.

With 8:26 left in the 31-26 loss to New Orleans, Newton went down after a hit by Saints backup defensive tackle David Onyemata.

The Panthers said Newton was poked in the eye and was evaluated for a concussion in the team's blue medical tent on the sideline.

If the National Football League determines that protocol was violated, the Panthers could face a penalty.

The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 in December for failing to properly utilize the concussion protocol for quarterback Russell Wilson during the team's Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals. "And it was really getting poked in the eye". Hopefully they'll get the pieces around him to be successful.

Newton offered the same injury diagnosis as his coach at the time.

Regardless, the league is continuing to investigate the situation to see if Newton was indeed concussed and what, if any, steps the Panthers took to address that concussion.

Newton underwent an MRI for the knee injury Monday, which came back negative. "I thought somebody stuck their finger in my eye, but I've got my visor, so that couldn't happen".

On the surface, that excuse seems like a hard one to believe, especially in light of how often the NFL's concussion protocol gets ignored for star players.

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