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Results of Cam Newton concussion investigation could be released soon

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field after the Panthers lose to the Denver Broncos 21-20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

Five weeks ago tonight, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered an apparent concussion during a crunch-time drive in the opening game of the regular season, at Denver. Soon, the findings of the dual investigations launched by the NFL and NFL Players Association will be announced.

Unless they aren’t.

Per a source with knowledge of the NFL’s investigation, the league’s exploration into the question of whether someone failed to remove Newton for a concussion evaluation is nearly completed. The league is waiting to hear from the union before releasing its findings.

Per a source with knowledge of the NFLPA’s investigation, the union currently is waiting for the league to announce its findings before the NFLPA does.

And so two groups that have a hard time agreeing on things apparently disagree about the posture of the first investigation under the new concussion protocol enforcement process.

If the two sides disagree on whether the rules were violated, an arbitrator will resolve the situation. The Commissioner has full and complete authority to determine the penalty, if a violation is found.

Whatever the findings, the sooner they are announced, the better. With games being played every week, the people responsible for pulling players for concussion evaluations need to know what’s expected. And the public needs to know what if any sanctions will be imposed for the failure to protect players in these key moments of action, where a strong temptation exists to do nothing.

Especially where, with so many people having the ability to press pause, it’s easy to wait for someone else to be the one who potentially impacts the outcome of the game (and loses their anonymity faster than you can say “Ken Bone”) by taking a key player off the field in a critical moment.

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13 Responses to “Results of Cam Newton concussion investigation could be released soon”
  1. thefootballblogger23 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:56 PM

    It was more probable than not he was hit in the head.

    Suspend them all

  2. accipiterq says: Oct 13, 2016 7:10 PM

    “It was more probable than not he was hit in the head.

    Suspend them all”

    Nah man, they didn’t take into account the effect of air temperature on his head size.

  3. willycents says: Oct 13, 2016 7:11 PM

    . The league is waiting to hear from the union before releasing its findings.

    The union currently is waiting for the league to announce its findings before the NFLPA does.
    Eo, the league is waiting to verify the NFLPA has completed its investigation before releasing its.

    Sounds like the NFLPA is waiting so it can revise its findings to be opposite whatever the league finds.

  4. theashleyguy says: Oct 13, 2016 7:25 PM

    Possibility of a concussion, so upon its examination of Cam’s brain, little was found.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 13, 2016 7:33 PM

    Once they locate his brain to examine it.

  6. thejesusofcool says: Oct 13, 2016 7:40 PM

    This just in. Cam’s brain scan reveals that he has the largest ego ever measured by science. Wow.

  7. sportschatterdotco says: Oct 13, 2016 7:59 PM

    NFL investigation results? Get your popcorn ready!

  8. nhpats says: Oct 13, 2016 8:20 PM

    Has Cam been concussed since the SB when he refused to even try and recover his own fumble?

  9. johnwaldron8 says: Oct 13, 2016 9:12 PM

    Based on the results of prior NFL investigations, it’s a pretty safe bet that this one will find that the league did nothing wrong. Or, if there was a mistake, it was the result of one rogue employee who failed to their job. It was definitely not a sign of a larger problem.

    Roger Goodell will say the league will work very hard with everyone involved to make sure this sort of thing never happens again (ignoring that he said the same thing after the concussion protocol failed Case Keenum last year.) He may even appoint a generously compensated VP to form a committee to look into the matter.

  10. Bubbalicious says: Oct 13, 2016 9:51 PM

    Somehow Brady is to blame for this!

  11. nufcedmcgreevey says: Oct 13, 2016 10:27 PM

    Where is Ted wells when you need him, 15 million for air in a ball but a less than honest, no cost, investigation into head trauma. NFL is the most corrupt pro sports league in history.

  12. bospat says: Oct 14, 2016 5:16 AM


  13. mojodoa says: Oct 14, 2016 5:37 AM

    Since when can bone become concussed?

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