Cam Newton: NFL asks for explanation over Carolina Panthers treatment

09 January, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Elena Meyer
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If he did indeed suffer a head injury, it would have required him to go to the locker to get examined by the team training staff to go through the concussion protocol.

The Panthers could be fined as much as $150,000 if the investigation finds they didn't properly follow the league's concussion protocol.

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

Newton took a shot to the head from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata midway through the fourth quarter. Newton attempted to walk off the hit, but instead sat down on the field near Carolina's sideline and...

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

Medical personnel cleared Newton to return in the fourth quarter.

He was then taken into the medical tent but quickly came back onto the field, without having gone into the locker room, which is required after the National Football League updated the concussion protocol guidelines on December 29. After the game, Newton said he was hit in the eye and that the concussion test was precautionary, per Tiffany Blackmon of the NFL Network.

This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol.

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