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Cam Newton not yet cleared to practice

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 02:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs into the tunnel prior to the end of the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Regardless of whether Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a concussion against the Broncos in Week One, Newton has one now. Three days after suffering it, Newton hasn’t been cleared to practice.

Per multiple reports, Newton isn’t practicing on Wednesday, in advance of Monday night’s game against the Buccaneers.

By rule, Newton must receive clearance from an independent neurologist to practice and then, separately, clearance to play.

It’s a process not nearly as simple as looking at an X-ray or inserting a thermometer. Last year, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechley spent more than a month in the concussion protocol.

Newton sustained the concussion on a two-point conversion try. He pulled up near the goal line, absorbing unexpectedly a legal hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones.

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22 Responses to “Cam Newton not yet cleared to practice”
  1. rufustfireflyjr says: Oct 5, 2016 12:58 PM

    His unexplained “pulling up” at the goal line makes me wonder whether he was already “dinged” from an earlier hit.

  2. rageviral says: Oct 5, 2016 1:02 PM

    Karma. Don’t showboat.

  3. profootball13 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:15 PM

    The back-up played better…..are they sure he isn’t just pouting?

  4. profootball13 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:18 PM

    Very Teachable Moment…….don’t Showboat……..especially BEFORE crossing the Goal Line…..

  5. nhpats says: Oct 5, 2016 1:19 PM

    Cam was afraid to try and recover a fumble with the SB on the line. Can you imagine how afraid he will be now?

  6. jgedgar70 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:21 PM

    I think this is going to be a while. But I’m not worried. Derek Anderson is 2-0 against Tampa in a Panthers uniform.

  7. dirtybirdnation says: Oct 5, 2016 1:24 PM

    ****Newton sustained the concussion on a two-point conversion try. He pulled up near the goal line, absorbing unexpectedly a legal hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones.*****

    Deion Jones let his play do the talking unlike Cammie.


  8. sb44champs says: Oct 5, 2016 1:28 PM

    Good job Deion on the legal hit…make Cam pay for always wanting to run instead of consistently reading defenses which he’s not nearly as successful at doing

  9. silverhat78 says: Oct 5, 2016 1:36 PM

    This was bound to happen. He runs too much for a QB. All those hits have finally caught up with the Panthers franchise QB

  10. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 5, 2016 1:44 PM

    I would never want cam “leading” my team simply because he’s absolutely no leader. He has size and strength but sorely lacks in skills, and off field common sense. Maybe he should spend more time rehabbing, practicing and finding his balls and less time dancing, playing madden and trashing mansions in Malibu. This guys a clown. Carolina say hello to your future, but after you morons tore apart your own city, I think you deserve each other.

  11. wrlegrand says: Oct 5, 2016 1:44 PM

    Very classy comments for sure. Definitely good to be piling on someone who has a head/brain injury. Honestly, good job! I hope that makes all of the keyboard warriors feel better about themselves.

  12. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 5, 2016 1:45 PM

    Maybe he finally learned his lesson. But, since this isn’t the first time he did this, maybe not.

  13. delhommed says: Oct 5, 2016 1:54 PM

    Really don’t think he has a concussion. He got pulled… his feelings are hurt and he’s playing Monday night

  14. abninf says: Oct 5, 2016 2:11 PM

    Hey Cam, make a business decision in week 4, not the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl.

  15. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 5, 2016 2:12 PM

    Did he Dap?

  16. athwartships says: Oct 5, 2016 2:17 PM

    Not a doctor so what do I know about concussions. What I do know is his ego trips him up enough that injuries like this will continue or get worse as time goes on if he doesn’t grow up.

  17. sb44champs says: Oct 5, 2016 2:48 PM

    Very classy comments for sure. Definitely good to be piling on someone who has a head/brain injury.
    Cam fans getting a taste of their own medicine… Cam is the ultimate ‘piling on someone’ type of player (see Cam’s Superman poses while down multiple TDs)

  18. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 5, 2016 3:54 PM

    Remember when Cam, his coach and their fans all gloated last year and told us all that “if you want to stop Cam from showboating, stop him”.

    Now it’s “ohh, you’re making fun of someone with an injury” and “gosh, he’s being hit too much”.

    Which is it?

  19. kepickle says: Oct 5, 2016 5:05 PM

    That play how was he show boating ? I watched it & I don’t see where he was show boating

  20. exinsidetrader says: Oct 5, 2016 5:10 PM

    Don’t showboat in any sport where a large component of the game is 300+ pound men legally running full speed into you from behind.

  21. riekki says: Oct 5, 2016 8:59 PM

    I say… put him on Injured Reserve then all the experts can see just how much talent is actually on this team.

  22. Ivan Pavlov says: Oct 6, 2016 1:22 AM

    The people saying Newton doesn’t have a concussion clearly know zilch about the injury or the process to get cleared to play. Often times the players themselves think they’re “just fine”, even though a doctor is telling them no.

    Troy Aikman used to play through concussions. At some point in the future he’ll start to resemble Mohammad Ali, and that’s a very sad thing. Think about that when you decide to dog someone who is being held out of the game until he passes the protocol.

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