Panthers will apparently claim a knee injury caused Cam Newton to stumble

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a hit to the head late in Sunday’s loss to the Saints, stumbled on the field, went down on one knee, and then was evaluated for a concussion on the sideline. That was a violation of the concussion policy the league had distributed just nine days earlier, which said any player who stumbles on the field had to get a concussion check in the locker room, not on the sideline.

So why wasn’t Newton taken to the locker room? The Panthers will apparently claim it’s because Newton suffered a knee injury, and that caused his stumbling. Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing an unnamed source, writes that “the bothersome knee injury was a contributing factor as to why Newton staggered to the ground and struggled to stay balanced once he took a knee after a hard hit to the head.”

But that doesn’t matter, according to the joint statement the NFL and NFL Players Association distributed just nine days before that Panthers-Saints game. In the statement, the NFL made clear that league policy would “Require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand).” There was nothing in the statement that made any exception for players who also had a knee injury.

Schefter quotes the league’s concussion protocol as including a clause that a player must be taken to the locker room only “if it is not diagnosed as an orthopedic injury.” But there was nothing about an “orthopedic injury” exception in the NFL’s statement about its revised concussion policy on December 29. And anyway, the Panthers’ own announcement said, “Cam Newton has been evaluated for a concussion and cleared.” If Newton was being evaluated for an orthopedic injury, why did the Panthers say he had been evaluated for a concussion?

If the NFL wants us to believe it takes concussions seriously, it can’t keep changing its story about concussion evaluations. The NFL announced that players who stumble on the field can only have a concussion evaluation in the locker room, not on the sideline. Nine days later, Newton stumbled on the field and was evaluated for a concussion on the sideline, not in the locker room. It that’s not a clear violation of the concussion protocol, what is?

34 responses to “Panthers will apparently claim a knee injury caused Cam Newton to stumble

  1. Knee or eye or Cam was faking it so Derick had time to warm up or whatever else they can make up. Loss of draft picks and a fine is order.

  2. This is the second time, that I’m aware of, where Cam Newton pretended to be injured so that he could either get a flag from the refs, or sympathy. Both times everybody made a big deal about the league and their concussion protocol, when each time the tests come back negative. The league is trying its best to combat concussions and this guy keeps doing this garbage. Nobody needs to explain anything. Its just Cam being Cam. That’s a big problem for the Panthers, but he’s their problem. Whoever buys that team is going to have a big decision to make.

  3. Poked in the eye, hurt my knee, or just plain dropped on my head again. Select something nice off the menu Cam and just sit back and relax. Like most of us you are now a spectator.

  4. This would all be a lot easier if the league was just honest and came out and said “Look we don’t actually care about player safety, the fans don’t really care about it either, and the players don’t even care about their own long-term health, as long as can stay on the field.”

  5. Changing the story yet a second time looks sillier than it did already. Especially when everyone watching knows what they saw anyhow. Could there be any clearer statement that they are only trying to manage appearances and are not looking out for the players in any way?

  6. Guys that whine about, “Not getting the same calls as other QBs”, might want to rethink his style of faking injuries all the time.

    Either that, and keep faking, or shut-up.

    So nice to see him as a one-and-done. Can’t stand watching him.

  7. Everyone knew this already. Faking injuries isn’t a new issue hell the Giants used to be famous for it. However, to basically disrespect concussion protocol and lie so badly everyone is calling you out for it yeah the Panthers will probably be fined, but thanks to the NFL being inconsistent on concussions no draft picks.

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:09 am
    1st rd pick for continuing to lie

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    Still not close to the pats level of cheating

  9. Can’t the players wiling to play through a concussion sign a waiver allowing them to do so and waiving any legal culpability for the team/league?

    Seems easier than the current charade and we’d have less articles of the “were they/weren’t they” variety, so win-win for everyone

  10. flviking says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:27 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:09 am
    1st rd pick for continuing to lie

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    Still not close to the pats level of cheating

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    Except this actually happened.

  11. flviking says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:27 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:09 am
    1st rd pick for continuing to lie

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    Still not close to the pats level of cheating

    Difference being BB didn’t change his story of not using the video during games as being the legal basis for the camera location relative to the sideline, not who, what or when they were filming. I believe there wa a memo in that case as well. So, yeah, Spygate level fine sounds about right. Maybe more if you vale human life more than a scoreboard.

  12. Botched. Re-botched. Re-re-botched. In perpetuity. The NFL must figure out how to consistently enforce this rule to ensure games are officiated fairly. Or change the rule. Officials can’t allow teams to skirt the rule for a key position (like QB) at a critical point during a game, even if it determines the outcome.

  13. Whatever, It was clear he was trying to influence a penalty call at first. Then he tried to embellish that buy collapsing so the refs would be more inclined to throw a flag on the next hit.

    The rest of the injury speculations are just colored bubbles.

  14. The NFL takes concussions seriously but it takes the sales price achieved for franchises up for sale more seriously. Player safety is important, until it gets in the way of a precedent setting franchise sale that will impact the perceived value of all 32 teams.

  15. this just shows that the league likes to make rules but doesn’t like to enforce them.
    it was a flagerant rule violation and needs to be addressed with a fine now, not later.
    if not, quit talking about the protocol and get on with the games

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