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NFL: Medical staff saw no reason to remove Cam Newton from the game

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is hit by Denver Broncos defensive end Jared Crick (93) as he throws during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) AP

The NFL’s concussion protocols are once again under scrutiny after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took multiple hard hits to the head on Thursday night but did not leave the game.

The NFL, however, says that the league’s protocols worked as they should, with multiple members of the medical staff observing Newton, seeing no indication that he had suffered a concussion, and therefore allowing him to keep playing.

“There was communication between medical personnel on the Carolina sideline, including the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant, and the two independent certified athletic trainer spotters in the booth,” the league said in a statement. “During stoppage in play while on-field officials were in the process of administrating penalties, the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant and team physician requested video from the spotters and reviewed the play. They concluded there were no indications of a concussion that would require further evaluation and the removal of the player from the game.”

The NFL Players Association has criticized the league for failing to do enough to protect players from brain injuries, and when the NFL’s reigning MVP gets hits in the head during the marquee Week One opener, it’s bound to draw more criticism. The NFL, however, is insisting that its medical staff handled Newton properly.

The NFLPA, which has the right to conduct its own investigation, tells PFT it is still reviewing the matter.

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119 Responses to “NFL: Medical staff saw no reason to remove Cam Newton from the game”
  1. mongo3401 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:47 AM

    OMG!!!!! First year medical student would have ruled in the side of caution. Especially on that last bit on the Panthers last drive. Unreal

  2. ts1960 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:48 AM

    And it will continue unabated until someone takes a fatal blow; then the bread and circus will have truly arrived.

  3. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 9, 2016 9:49 AM

    They would never pull the NFL MVP on opening night it would be bad for ratings…..the fact that he was on all fours wondering if he was back in 8th thinking he was break dancing should have been a dead giveaway……#itsallaboutratingsandmoney

  4. mongo3401 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    They requested video ? How about looking into the players eyes and asking him what planet he is on.

  5. johngaltwho says: Sep 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    While it’s certainly not clear that the medical staff “handled Newton properly”, what is strikingly clear is that the Denver Broncos did.

  6. savethebs says: Sep 9, 2016 9:52 AM

    He definitely took a hard blow to the head on that last one & he looked a bit shaken up. But I’m not so sure he looked concussed. He seemed to have his wits about him IMO when he finally got up.

  7. dohczeppelin says: Sep 9, 2016 9:52 AM

    Taking a shot to the head and then collapsing to the ground and laying there motionless. Yep. Nothing suspicious about that.

  8. sdelmonte says: Sep 9, 2016 9:53 AM

    I looked it up. And it seems like the least you can do to find signs of a concussion is talk to the person. That doesn’t require taking anyone out of a game. It could be done as an injury timeout. If these people couldn’t be bothered to do that much, the system is not working.

  9. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 9, 2016 9:53 AM

    Hogwash!
    He was so groggy and dazed it wasn’t funny.

  10. Irsay's Bong says: Sep 9, 2016 9:56 AM

    LOL, what a joke, so instead of watching the player during the break, whom was cleared dazed, they watched the video of the hit only?

    I did not know you could tell if a person was concussed by watching the hit and not evaluating the player….. Maybe they should have watched the video of Cam after that play…

  11. trailerparkking says: Sep 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Cam is getting the Roethlisberger treatment. Just because these guys are big enough to be DEs doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get the calls. If you sneeze on Rodgers or Brady it’s 15 yards. Beyond the missed calls on the head shots it seemed to.me like the refs were making it up as they went along.

  12. motsuret06 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:58 AM

    Effed up No Fun League and its lousy officiating crews are a disgrace to the game. Newton was wobbily the entire second half and the Broncos teed off on him and the officiating crew didn’t do nothing but make one call. This officiating crew was terrible and should be removed from calling any further games this season but we know that won;t happen.

  13. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 9, 2016 9:58 AM

    lol

    VERY L O L

  14. imodan says: Sep 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    I clearly read Newton’s lips after that last hit. “I’m Batman” Clearly concussed. Everyone knows he’s Superman. Seriously though did anyone else catch Collingsworth saying he learned that the final decision on whether a player returns to the game is left to the team doctors? Tell me again why we should trust anything the NFL say’s or does.

  15. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    And the refs saw no reason to flag helmet to helmet.

    No apparent harm, no apparent foul.

    Same old, same old.

  16. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Sep 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    Yes, yes we hear it all the time, but that does not make it any less true. Really think about it.

    If Tom Brady or Peyton Manning were taking those shots to the head (even the one flailing arm that clubbed Newton in the head) these would not only be flags, but at least one Bronco would be kicked out of the game.

    Also, there would be heavy retroactive fines issued out.

  17. nyneal says: Sep 9, 2016 10:01 AM

    If they hit Cam in the head, they can’t hurt him.

    He seemed all right in his post-game press conference.

  18. stoopidfool says: Sep 9, 2016 10:02 AM

    yup…….and there’s zero evidence that mike webster, dave duerson, and junior seau ever had head trauma

  19. bhlobos says: Sep 9, 2016 10:03 AM

    No signs… other than the guy lying on his face for several moments after a helmet to helmet shot… other than that, no signs at all…

    SMDH

  20. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Sep 9, 2016 10:05 AM

    The NFL is waiting for a player to be knocked out fully unconscious, TBI (traumatic brain injury) or decapitation before acting.

  21. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 9, 2016 10:05 AM

    johngaltwho says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:50 AM
    While it’s certainly not clear that the medical staff “handled Newton properly”, what is strikingly clear is that the Denver Broncos did.
    —————————-

    In that handling an opposing QB properly means taking all the shots an officiating crew will allow you are right. What defense wouldn’t hammer him as long as the refs allowed it?
    I am no fan of Newton but that officiating crew served him up like a free lunch, it’s not the players job to worry about why and they would have been fools not to take advantage of it.

  22. schmitty2 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:05 AM

    The fact that one of his eyes was looking at the Panther sideline while the other was looking at the Bronco sideline was probably a good indicator he wasn’t right.

  23. finchy74 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:07 AM

    Weird, because I saw Cam take a helmet right to the jaw on TV. I guess the medical staff doesn’t get access to the NBC feed.

  24. gosox9876 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:08 AM

    Tough to interpret such a diva as Cam Newton.

  25. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 9, 2016 10:08 AM

    Maybe the NFL is saying when it comes to head shots ,,, you guys wanna disrespect the US FLAG we don’t throw no flags !!!!

  26. redandgoldhitman52 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:10 AM

    Cam is a big baby as usual. He dancing when things go good, but crys and throws baby tantrums when things don’t go his way.

  27. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 9, 2016 10:10 AM

    when you dance, you pay…nuf said.

  28. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:10 AM

    Its good to see that Rg3 isn’t the only QB that gets his head knocked off and the refs do nothing about it.

  29. scrp2 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:10 AM

    the NBC doctor looked at him, said he was “fine”

  30. ibroxroar67 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:12 AM

    Trailerparkking your comment is so true……You even look at Brady in a slightly menacing manor and its 15 yards….

  31. canmannac says: Sep 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    Vegas made the call, not the Docs…

  32. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    Oh look #LyinRoger said something was “independent”…we all know what that really means.
    🙂

  33. 52crabcakes says: Sep 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    The NFL screwed up from the beginning by not calling head shots to Cam. Even a cave person could tell! You idiots.

  34. deepwater805 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    Cam looked really hurt on the sideline. I saw him miss at least two teeth when he was flossing. I mean, that alone should have been enough to check his head for brainlessness. I love it how all the pathetic NFL Network talking heads got it WRONG once again. Do they actually pay these dweebs to make these ridiculous picks? Hey Cam! Let’s see that new TD dance again, because it really helped you look good in your first loss of the season. That and the flossing of course….

  35. newmancave2016 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    motsuret06 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 9:58 AM
    Effed up No Fun League and its lousy officiating crews are a disgrace to the game. Newton was wobbily the entire second half and the Broncos teed off on him and the officiating crew didn’t do nothing but make one call. This officiating crew was terrible and should be removed from calling any further games this season but we know that won;t happen.
    ———————————-

    Just stop. All the Panthers fans are crying today about the refs. Those refs called a pretty good game from my perspective, and I’m a fan of neither team. In fact, they almost handed CAR the win with that questionable hands to the face call at the end.

  36. nfl289 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:19 AM

    Everyone is complaining that they didn’t remove Cam. If they did wouldn’t NFL teams just target star players in the head at the end of games. It would increase their chance of winning. There is no right answer to this problem.

  37. redandgoldhitman52 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM

    The NFL tried their best to give the panthers the win. Hands to the face penalty on 4th and 100, and the failed concussions protocol on cam to let him play after he was laying on the ground like a piece of roadkill. Cam was outplayed by a guy who never threw an NFL pass. Lmao😂😂😂

  38. Rdog says: Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM

    Cam Newton really sets himself up for big hits. I imagine he’s not very well-liked by the other teams. Such an immature kid. I mean he literally dances during the entire warmups before the game. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Everything he does is a passive aggressive taunt to the other team and their fans, and sometimes it’s not so subtle…

    I’m not saying that hitting him harder than others is acceptable, but it’s no surprise. Seriously, if there were anyone I would expect to embellish a big hit on the field and make it look like he just got knocked out, and then whine to the refs because he’s not actually that hurt, we all know it’s Cam Newton.

  39. immafubared says: Sep 9, 2016 10:22 AM

    Surprise! Shock! Hey just like the FBI director and others who tow the money line: THEY KNOW WHO WRITES THE PAYCHECKS.
    Take the star out with a minute to go and the game on the line. Screw his head injury.

  40. jetsclaps says: Sep 9, 2016 10:22 AM

    You can’t take players out just because they receive a helmet to helmet hit. Cam looked banged up but not concussed, or disoriented.

    This wasn’t like Case Keenum last year who was wobbling around the field. The right call was made.

  41. packerenglishmajor says: Sep 9, 2016 10:22 AM

    There was one absolute head shot in the 4th quarter that was a blatant no -call.
    I’m not a fan of either team but those refs sucked for the entire 4th quarter.

  42. chuckshontaspads says: Sep 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    Institutional lying, cheating and fixing games by the National Integrity League.

  43. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:26 AM

    I am fine with Cam staying in the game.

    I will be OK with no flags on helmet to helmet, so long as it is consistently not called against every team.

  44. mogogo1 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:27 AM

    It’s ALWAYS been a charade. Back in the 90s when Tagliabue was commish and Goodell was his right hand guy they were paying medical journals to publish articles claiming you couldn’t get concussions from football. Today it’s concussion protocol that magically never forces a key player leave a game early. The team doctor is who makes the final call. Gee, wonder how he is going to rule?

  45. bigpete07 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    The Refs ignored all the helmet to helmet hits – why criticize them for ignoring a QB knocked out on the ground?

  46. immafubared says: Sep 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    Hey, these guys all are quite aware of who writes the checks. If they would have pulled Cam, it would have been there last official act before being replaced.

  47. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 9, 2016 10:30 AM

    Seemed to me that some spof the Broncos players on defense were getting paid a little extra last night

  48. immafubared says: Sep 9, 2016 10:32 AM

    Sep 9, 2016 10:19 AM
    Everyone is complaining that they didn’t remove Cam. If they did wouldn’t NFL teams just target star players in the head at the end of games. It would increase their chance of winning. There is no right answer to this problem.

    Have to disagree where Denver was concerned, they went for head hits the whole game not just in the end. Talk about dirty. One denver guy tried to take out the back of cams legs and a pather was standing their and pushed him aside. He clearly was trying to hurt him. Hey if cam runs the ball, he gets what he gets. But if he is passing thats a different story

  49. veddermn8 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:37 AM

    So Cam takes a hard sack in the second quarter which ended the drive, winces and grabs his back and is immediately looked over by trainers. Cam then gets hit helmet to helmet late in the game, fully knowing that any hesitation on getting up will get him potentially pulled from the game, and no one even looks at him, even though there was a stoppage in play. A tight camera shot on his face after the play showed some pretty glassy eyes. Not sure how reviewing the replay for half a minute gives you any meaningful medical information.

    Goodell doesn’t care about the players, only the product on the field. He denied concussion effects for a long time, and also has pulled concussion funding for scientists he didn’t like. But he looks out for the “integrity of the game”.

  50. roadtrip3500 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    On that final-drive hit, the NBC director went to a tight shot of Cam on all fours trying to regather his marbles. All I could think was “I hope they know to cut away when that boy barfs on the field.”

    Not much earlier in the game, Cam threw a pass outside to his left and the Broncos defender reached for the shoulder but got all helmet… no yellow laundry on the field. The Tier 1 quarterbacks (Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees) get 15s for any contact on or near the head, even a graze from a terrycloth wristband. Cam got nothing.

    There’s also some culpability on Ron Rivera. When your QB takes a shot like that last one and is down on all fours, the head coach can pull the QB for a play to make sure he’s ok – he doesn’t have to wait to be overridden by the medical staff.

  51. Black Dog says: Sep 9, 2016 10:40 AM

    An unintended consequence of the concussion protocol is that it incentivizes head shots on quarterbacks.

    You can get a marquee quarterback out of the game on a last-minute drive by hitting him hard in the head. By the time he’s been checked out by the medical staff, the drive could be over and the game lost.

    The more stringently the league enforces the concussion protocol, the bigger the reward for hitting a great quarterback in the head.

  52. qbarrel says: Sep 9, 2016 10:43 AM

    Saw no reason? This is a clear cut case of CYA. If Brandon Marshall had to leave the game for the hit he received, then Newton should have definitely been removed on the last helmet-to-helmet and maybe even the one before.

    Everyone turned a blind eye because the game was so close and it was down to the wire.

    Same old lip service….same old NFL

  53. bigbluedeadhead says: Sep 9, 2016 10:44 AM

    If it’s clearly a hit-to-the-head scenario the officials should be allowed to stop play and let the player get evaluated quickly (two minute time-out to commercial) and be allowed back in the game without missing a play if he is clearly OK. If not then he goes in for further evaluation.

  54. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Sep 9, 2016 10:45 AM

    So it seems the Broncos have figured out the loop hole of the concussion protocol. Its a win/win. You go all Gregg Williams on the opposing QB. You go helmet to helmet all game long. And then one of 2 things is going to happen. First, he gets a concussion and gets taken off the field, and you get to feat on a back up. Second option, he gets a concussion, doesn’t get taken off the field, and plays like garbage. Either way, going helmet to helmet all night long is a great strategy. Its fool proof when the NFL tells the officials not to penalize the Broncos for it

  55. veddermn8 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:46 AM

    Rdog says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM

    Cam Newton really sets himself up for big hits. I imagine he’s not very well-liked by the other teams. Such an immature kid. I mean he literally dances during the entire warmups before the game. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Everything he does is a passive aggressive taunt to the other team and their fans, and sometimes it’s not so subtle…

    I’m not saying that hitting him harder than others is acceptable, but it’s no surprise. Seriously, if there were anyone I would expect to embellish a big hit on the field and make it look like he just got knocked out, and then whine to the refs because he’s not actually that hurt, we all know it’s Cam Newton.

    ………….

    You’re completely wrong, Newton is one of the toughest QBs in the league. He is a gifted runner and takes more hits because of it than any other QB. He just broke the rushing TD record for QBs and he’s only 27! And he knows any hesitation in getting up from a big hit could get him pulled into the protocol so its in his every interest to tough out big hits as much as he can take. And that last hit was a passing play, how did he “set himself up” for that?

    As for the dancing, whatever. The guy works hard to be one of the very best in the league. God forbid he show any personality. And I bet other teams, who you say probably don’t like him, would be ecstatic to have him on their team.

  56. easyeddie says: Sep 9, 2016 10:48 AM

    The game officials could have prevented this whole thing by flagging Denver’s headhunters after the first head shots and warning their bench.
    The league needs a ZERO tolerance policy toward launching towards a players head – happens once and you’re gone.

  57. veddermn8 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:50 AM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM

    The NFL tried their best to give the panthers the win. Hands to the face penalty on 4th and 100, and the failed concussions protocol on cam to let him play after he was laying on the ground like a piece of roadkill. Cam was outplayed by a guy who never threw an NFL pass. Lmao😂😂😂

    ………

    Agree that the NFL was really lax on the protocol and the hands to the face was an iffy call late in the game, but no way Cam was “outplayed”. Siemian was just barely “ok”. It was CJ Anderson and the Denver D that won them that game.

  58. kayakattack says: Sep 9, 2016 10:54 AM

    1. Newton was flopping on every hit.
    2. He didn’t show signs of concussion
    3. what happened to all you Bednarik era tough guys that just want the players to smash each others brains in? So the young kids today can play the way you did with compact fractures and punctured lungs?

  59. johnnybaggadonuts says: Sep 9, 2016 10:57 AM

    Cam is going to run into issues with head shots for his entire career.

    He is such a fantastic athlete that so long as he is standing upright and looking downfield, he is a live target.

    If he wants to avoid shots he’s going to have to go against his instincts. No beuno.

    I was impressed with my Broncos D. They were flying all over the place and hitting extremely hard.

  60. billh1947 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:57 AM

    Not a Cam fan or a Panthers fan but the no calls on the hits to Cams helmet was outrageous! how can the league preach safety and then allow those kind of hits to the head? after NY reviews those hits those refs deserve a four game suspension for NOT doing their jobs by flagging the defender, lets see if the league has the balls to suspend the refs and show they are indeed serious about head hits and injuries.

  61. fwippel says: Sep 9, 2016 10:59 AM

    I understand the concern, but the reality is that Cam Newton is no ordinary QB or football player.

    If Cam doesn’t want to come out of the game, he’s not going to come out of the game.

    And furthermore, why wasn’t the player who speared him on that final drive ejected? That was as blatant a shot to the head as I’ve seen since George Atkinson speared Sammy White in Super Bowl XI (back when it was a legal hit). That hit on Newton was absolutely intentional, and designed to remove him from the game.

    The only way to stop that is to eject players, and suspend them for multiple games.

  62. lscottman3 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:00 AM

    ibroxroar67 says:

    Trailerparkking your comment is so true……You even look at Brady in a slightly menacing manor and its 15 yards….
    ======================================

    so during the off season all we heard from Bronco fans was how their team during the AFCG knocked the snot out of Brady, beat him scare, (even though they won by 2).

    Yet as i recall there were how many roughing the passer calls?

    you guys make crap up and more incredible is that you then believe your on BS.

    What i saw last night was a homer ref squad, had that game been in Carolina, Denver would have had guys ejected.

  63. jbdvks says: Sep 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    BS…..League must think we’re all chewing our crayons….

    This league continues to put players’ safety bottom deck for ratings…

    NFLPA must investigate this greedy bunch….

  64. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:03 AM

    Once again the league shows that “player safety” is only lip service for the politicians to keep them from getting involved, and to keep the players from further lawsuits.

    Goodell. Integrity. The most corrupt, vile, inept commissioner in a modern sports league in this country ever.

  65. jbdvks says: Sep 9, 2016 11:07 AM

    Yeah and I too saw the video from my couch, and thought he was fine….smh

  66. jmethane says: Sep 9, 2016 11:09 AM

    Lots of crying here. As a Seahawks fan I am just laughing.

    Tuned in just in time to see cams new dance…stayed long enough to watch him pay for it.

    That is football folks. He should just play the game and stop going out of his way to upset the other team with that nonsense. You panthers fans love his antics…well the headshots are part of all that. That is football stop crying.

  67. bigpete07 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:12 AM

    A Panthers player could have been ejected following a second “Taunting” penalty but repeated blows to the head are no problem?

  68. lscottman3 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:13 AM

    last year Brady benefited from 5 roughing the passer calls,
    New Orleans, Tennessee and Philly QB’s had more.

    2 were at home, 3 were called on the road.

    so much for refs throwing the flag whenever he winces.

  69. Rdog says: Sep 9, 2016 11:14 AM

    veddermn8 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:46 AM

    Rdog says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM
    ………….

    You’re completely wrong, Newton is one of the toughest QBs in the league. He is a gifted runner and takes more hits because of it than any other QB. He just broke the rushing TD record for QBs and he’s only 27! And he knows any hesitation in getting up from a big hit could get him pulled into the protocol so its in his every interest to tough out big hits as much as he can take. And that last hit was a passing play, how did he “set himself up” for that?

    As for the dancing, whatever. The guy works hard to be one of the very best in the league. God forbid he show any personality. And I bet other teams, who you say probably don’t like him, would be ecstatic to have him on their team.

    ————————————-
    I know he’s tough, that’s why I said he’s not really hurt. He just likes to lie on the ground for a minute or get up really slowly and then whine to the ref.

    And when I said he sets himself up for the big hits, I mean his actions before, during, and after the game probably make him more of a target.

    And I didn’t say that “personality” is wrong. It’s the way he does it. Like I said, it’s passive aggressive taunting. He is not just “having fun,” he is trying to get in his opponents’ heads and he is trying to get everyone worked up. There’s nothing wrong with having fun, but there is something wrong with a person who lives to make other people angry.

  70. fallujahff says: Sep 9, 2016 11:15 AM

    Cam was outplayed by a guy who never threw an NFL pass.

    ……..

    It was a one point game, no one out-played anyone.

  71. pats777 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:15 AM

    Welcome to the National Hypocrisy League, courtesy of Roger Goodell and all his billionaire cronies.

  72. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 9, 2016 11:16 AM

    …the league said in a statement. “During stoppage in play while on-field officials were in the process of administrating penalties, the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant and team physician requested video from the spotters and reviewed the play.

    So let me get this straight, instead of going onto the field and interacting with Newton for a face to face evaluation and maybe ask him a question or two to see if he could repond clearly, somehow looking at the replay video is going to help you determine if a player has a concussion after the fact?

    Wouldn’t the determination be based on how Newton was after the play?

    Am I crazy or is something really messed up about this way of evaluating a real time incident?

  73. minormillikin says: Sep 9, 2016 11:17 AM

    Maybe if Cam would stop flopping like a soccer player we could tell when he’s actually hurt or not.

  74. finfansince68 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:19 AM

    Supermans Kryptonite last night wasn’t the Denver D ….
    it was the officiating crew! He definitley took some shots that some other QB’s would’ve gotten a flag on…I’m no
    Cam Fan, but the dude showed he can take vicious shot to the head, move the chains & still give them a chance to win.

  75. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:20 AM

    when i acknowledge racism, i do it by sitting in a show of disrespect during the national anthem.

    got it.

  76. mmack66 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:23 AM

    I don’t imagine that Integrity Goodell is going to go down and push Blandino around for not suspending referees for not doing their jobs.

  77. RegisHawk says: Sep 9, 2016 11:24 AM

    Rivera wasn’t going to sit him anyway…this was just the excuse he needed to leave him out there.

  78. hyperalgesia says: Sep 9, 2016 11:35 AM

    He used the final time out to determine which planet he was orbiting

  79. demolition510 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:35 AM

    Agreed with pretty much what everyone said.

    Should Rivera get some blame? That’s his franchise QB. If refs aren’t doing anything maybe he shoulda protected his QB.

    Something to consider

  80. demolition510 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:38 AM

    Any heads to the head maybe both players should be taken out. Regardless of signs of symptom.

    The defensively player out the remainder of the series. The QB out til he can pass eval

  81. jimmyjohns01 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:40 AM

    “unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant”. Just as unaffiliated and independent as Ted Wells was to the NFL during deflategate.

  82. td30 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:40 AM

    His 3 second siesta on the last drive wasn’t any indication?

    I’m a bronco fan and think they got away with a couple, mainly the Stewart one being offset. He’s probably going to get fined pretty bad. Things go so quickly, but he was clearly looking to put a good hit on Cam (not purposely for the head). He probably couldve gone a little lower and still hit him good

  83. daytontriangles says: Sep 9, 2016 11:46 AM

    The Colts, Bengals, Bucs and every other team on the Broncos schedule better start preparing their backup QBs, because Roger Goodell has apparently given Denver the green light to do all the headhunting they want this season!

  84. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 9, 2016 11:47 AM

    As for the dancing, whatever. The guy works hard to be one of the very best in the league. God forbid he show any personality.

    Personality? A lot of people have “personality” and it’s not always appropriate in every venue. His ballerina bit is silly and should be flagged as unsportsmanlike.

  85. followme2boston says: Sep 9, 2016 11:47 AM

    What is a concussion? If a guy gets hit in the head it may not be a concussion and in some instances there may be no hit to the head at all and a guy may have a concussion.

    NFL does a whole lot more than any other league.

  86. granadafan says: Sep 9, 2016 11:48 AM

    All they had to do was ask Cam, “If the ball is on the ground in a scrum, what do you do?”

    Cam: “Dance away!”
    Doctors: “You’re good to go”

    or

    Cam: “Dive on that ball!”
    Doctors: “Sorry, you’re concussed. Sit down.”

  87. finzfan49 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:51 AM

    That is a joke, Had that been the cat playing for Denver they would of pulled him right out of the game. But it being CN they left him in. He was drilled many times in his earhole and was even laying on the ground on the sidelines.
    This is a clear example as to how favorites are played in the NFL.
    If he doesn’t have a headache today I WOULD BE SHOCKED

  88. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 9, 2016 11:51 AM

    Let’s put it in a term that today’s oversensitive types can relate to,

    Cam’s dancing is what we now refer to as a “micro-aggression”. A seemingly innocent action, like asking a black person if you can touch their hair or commenting on how nice their skin color is, that is actually intended as an affront.

    Never thought that would come back to bite you, didja now?

  89. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 9, 2016 11:54 AM

    What i saw last night was a homer ref squad, had that game been in Carolina, Denver would have had guys ejected.

    Denver’s record with certain ref team bears closer scrutiny.

  90. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 9, 2016 11:55 AM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM
    The NFL tried their best to give the panthers the win.

    Evidently a different game than the one the rest of the country watched

  91. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 9, 2016 11:59 AM

    “last year Brady benefited from 5 roughing the passer calls,
    New Orleans, Tennessee and Philly QB’s had more.

    2 were at home, 3 were called on the road.

    so much for refs throwing the flag whenever he winces.”

    Shhhhhhh. Pats haters don’t want actual facts that destroy their narrative. According to them Brady got 97 roughing calls last season.

    Of course its amazing they can count that high given they can’t comprehend 5th grade science.

  92. ligat52 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:01 PM

    Cam didn’t even know what planet he was on after that last hit in the head. His eyes were not focused and he was obviously not all there.

    But let’s not worry about player safety unless it’s about moving kick offs so nobody gets hurt.

  93. milkcan44 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:09 PM

    No big deal …….. until he sues the league after he retires.

  94. bryonneufeld says: Sep 9, 2016 12:11 PM

    I’m glad all these medical experts in the comments section here explained how obvious it is that Cam had a concussion. Thanks for informing the rest of us! Now you can go back to eating the hot pocket your Mommy just warmed up for you.

  95. ipskipskyblue says: Sep 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    Did anyone notice the couple of times he stayed kneeling in the huddle and one time one of his teammates helped him up?

  96. xavier179 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:23 PM

    This medical staff needs a refresher course at med school. As a layperson even I could tell he was dazed & confused.

  97. dudeicle says: Sep 9, 2016 12:29 PM

    Most interesting thing Collinsworth said all night (after Marshall returned) was that the final decision is made by the team’s own doctor and trainer, not the independent neurologist…. but more on that another day. Good information, but a little elaboration wouldn’t have hurt either.

  98. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 9, 2016 12:44 PM

    He hasn’t been in the League long enough to get those calls,
    The fact he is Black doesn’t figure in as if he were Aaron or Brady, or Manning either does it…wink, wink….

  99. atruenfifan says: Sep 9, 2016 12:52 PM

    Bryon tell your mom I left a dime on her dresser and oh yeah she can keep the change. Cupcake pos.

  100. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:02 PM

    So the NFL med team can smoke weed, now, but the players are still restricted from using weed?

  101. veddermn8 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:03 PM

    jmethane says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:09 AM

    Lots of crying here. As a Seahawks fan I am just laughing.

    Tuned in just in time to see cams new dance…stayed long enough to watch him pay for it.

    That is football folks. He should just play the game and stop going out of his way to upset the other team with that nonsense. You panthers fans love his antics…well the headshots are part of all that. That is football stop crying.

    ……..

    Yea but if there’s a rule in place, it should be enforced correctly, no matter who the player is. Its meaningless otherwise and hurts the “integrity of the game” that Roger pretends to cherish so much.

  102. daramsman says: Sep 9, 2016 1:05 PM

    LA you wanted this joke of a league you gottem! Wait until its Gurley that knocked silly.

  103. veddermn8 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:09 PM

    followme2boston says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:47 AM

    What is a concussion? If a guy gets hit in the head it may not be a concussion and in some instances there may be no hit to the head at all and a guy may have a concussion.

    NFL does a whole lot more than any other league.
    …….

    Actually they do less. They pay lip service to being concerned about head injuries (even though they previously denied it had any long term effects) and yet act in ways completely detrimental to brain health. For example, Goodell defunded a study because he didn’t like the results, he is still fighting for a resolution to the ex-player payout, he has consistently pushed for more regular season games and more playoff berths, he has successfully added more game days per week, he very arbitrarily and inconsistently fines players for hits, all which create more opportunities for concussions.

  104. mack2x says: Sep 9, 2016 1:13 PM

    You may want to find a different picture for this article, that hit is clean.

  105. goodguyattorney says: Sep 9, 2016 1:13 PM

    After that last hit Cam was on his back. He then slowly rolled over onto his hands and knees – head down. Then he slowly stepped up. All this time the ref was staring at him. Cam gets up and lifts his heead to clear himself and the ref walks away. Astounding really that Cam was not sent off the field.

  106. metalman5150 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:31 PM

    So if cam would have held onto that ball that was called for intentional grounding,… is cam had held onto it for a sack, or fumbled it for a turnover, would the helmet to helmet personal foul have negated the turnover / sack?

  107. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 9, 2016 1:56 PM

    We now have entered full blown WWE FOOTBALL LEAGUE where the results are pre-determined. The Super Bowl was blatantly fixed for the Donkeys last year, and I find it rather curious on Thursday and especially Sunday night games how the games are boring then all of the sudden the team thats down thru 3 Qs magically makes a coneback to make the games interesting and most of the time winning. Last night another example

  108. dickroy says: Sep 9, 2016 2:29 PM

    That definitely should have been a penalty and how can they tell that fast that he didn’t have a concussion? That was a hard blow to the head!

  109. getadealdonealready says: Sep 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    I know it’s too late, and the NFL is too stubborn, but if they would just come out and say that concussions are an inherent risk that all players assume when they play the game (like the UFC) then all this talk would go away.

    I get both sides as a fan I just want to see consistency not preach one thing but do another.

    I’m sure no one wanted to see Cam come out of the game in the final two minutes, but if they are truly concerned about player safety I don’t see how he wasn’t examined after the two hits he took to the head.

    Not that I want more commercials, or the game to last another half hour, but maybe if there was an official time out anytime the concussion doctor saw a hit to the head that would give the medical staff time to check out the players and not have someone who is deemed healthy after the official time out miss any game action.

  110. weepingjebus says: Sep 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    Cam’s peanut brain is protected by 5 inches of force dampening fluids. You can whale on him all day with a surgical 2×4.

  111. absolutevisuals says: Sep 9, 2016 3:23 PM

    He wasn’t even in command of the game. When he went back into formation it was evident he wasn’t completely there. Didn’t have his usual stance, wasn’t in any hurry at all, didn’t even look focused.

  112. eoyguy says: Sep 9, 2016 3:39 PM

    MLB players get a concussion, out months if not the entire season
    Nascar driver gets concussion, calls it a year because he still can’t see straight
    NHL player gets concussion, is out weeks if not months
    NFL player gets concussion, stays in game, or is ready to play in a week. Guess their brains are just tougher, eh? Its time for them just to put it in writing, that concussion are going to happen and by playing, you agree to the consequences. Because there is no way that a person suffering a concussion can sit out a week (or less) and be fine to play. Its that simple really. Symptom free while sitting in a chair looking at inkblots is not recovered. Slap them upside the head, then ask them how they feel.

  113. jjfootball says: Sep 9, 2016 3:41 PM

    How come these Bronco’s idiots can hit QB’s in the head, and everyone else gets a flag?

  114. csb28 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    Integrity of the league????

  115. bucsorbust says: Sep 9, 2016 4:16 PM

    Change title to read: “Medical staff saw no reason, given all the money the game creates, to remove Cam Newton from the game”

  116. dohczeppelin says: Sep 9, 2016 4:26 PM

    TheBrownswillstinkagain says:
    Sep 9, 2016 1:56 PM

    We now have entered full blown WWE FOOTBALL LEAGUE where the results are pre-determined. The Super Bowl was blatantly fixed for the Donkeys last year, and I find it rather curious on Thursday and especially Sunday night games how the games are boring then all of the sudden the team thats down thru 3 Qs magically makes a coneback to make the games interesting and most of the time winning. Last night another example
    ______________________
    Ugh. Yes, it’s completely inconceivable that a team could ever make a comeback or have an upset. Both games were totally rigged against the Panthers. Everyone was in on it. Especially the government. The conspiracy is also why they went 15-1 last year. Go believe whatever paranoid conspiracy theory crap that you want but take it elsewhere please.

  117. doggeatdogg says: Sep 9, 2016 4:31 PM

    Cam will never get ‘QB don’t tough the QB billing’ ever. Had this been Rodgers or Brees, there would have been multiple penalties and firings and fines too.

  118. veddermn8 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:44 PM

    Rdog says:
    Sep 9, 2016 11:14 AM

    I know he’s tough, that’s why I said he’s not really hurt. He just likes to lie on the ground for a minute or get up really slowly and then whine to the ref.

    And when I said he sets himself up for the big hits, I mean his actions before, during, and after the game probably make him more of a target.

    And I didn’t say that “personality” is wrong. It’s the way he does it. Like I said, it’s passive aggressive taunting. He is not just “having fun,” he is trying to get in his opponents’ heads and he is trying to get everyone worked up. There’s nothing wrong with having fun, but there is something wrong with a person who lives to make other people angry.

    ——-

    So gamesmanship means “there is something wrong with” Cam, that he is a bad person somehow? I don’t follow. Athletes from all sports use it to their advantage, with many all time greats included. And even if you don’t like Cam for it, you still are being entertained. It’s fun to root against a player you don’t like, so secretly you love Cam’s dancing. It makes football more fun to watch. I actually enjoyed Alex Rodriguez’s dumb antics because it was really fun to root against him in the same way.

    And to your allusion that it is somehow unsportsmanlike, you should hear the vile stuff that is said along the line of scrimmage before the snap. And the extra ankle twists and below the belt hits that occur in the pile. Those push the envelope waaaaaay further than some crowd hyping jig that Cam does.

  119. cubb1 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:52 PM

    The NFL medical staff concluded that his head was still attached to his neck which was still connected to his shoulders, so he was apparently good to go.

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