NFL clears Panthers in Cam Newton concussion evaluation

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The NFL says the Panthers acted properly when they gave quarterback Cam Newton a brief sideline concussion evaluation before putting him back on the field late in a playoff loss to the Saints.

Despite heavy criticism for the Panthers’ decision to check Newton on the sideline, rather than in the locker room, the league says they handled the situation appropriately.

“Mr. Newton was properly evaluated for a concussion in the sideline medical tent and did not sustain a concussion,” the league said in a statement.

The NFL says Newton suffered an eye injury and had no balance problems or other concussion symptoms. The league says Newton went to a knee as he walked toward the sideline because the Panthers’ coaches told him to, and because he wanted the trainer (who is shorter than the 6-foot-5 Newton) to be able to see into his eye — not because he was losing balance after a hit to the head.

“Mr. Newton did not display ‘gross motor instability,’ which would have necessitated a locker room evaluation in the Concussion Protocol,” the league said in its statement.

So why was Newton given a concussion evaluation, if the problem was his eye? The league says that’s because “The medical team acted with an abundance of caution.”

And that’s that: The NFL says everything was done by the book in the Cam Newton concussion evaluation.

35 responses to “NFL clears Panthers in Cam Newton concussion evaluation

  1. Gee, imagine that, nothing to see here when a star QB gets a concussion and is needed to finish the game.

    Yet, everyone says that the Pats cheat or circumvent the rules – Gronk went into the tent, then the locker room for the concussion test (as mandated) and was ruled out. I guess the Pats aren’t the only team that cheats, go figure.

  2. There have been several times I’ve seen Cam Newton flop down like he just got killed because he’s trying to get a ref to throw his flag. He’s faking/flopping. The refs are probably onto his shenanigans and aren’t going to be fooled. Then everybody makes a big fuss about concussions, but the concussion tests keep coming back negative. It was just an act. We’re a monkey see, monkey do society, so we all repeat the allegations against the NFL. We’re (the fans and media)the ones who keep looking ridiculous, not the league.

  3. “Gross motor instability”? Fantastic, now every coaching staff will argue that the player didn’t display gross motor instability to avoid taking that long trip to the locker room.

    I don’t understand why the League is dead set on establishing standards that are about as firm and clear as a pudding cup, and consequences that guarantee teams will twist themselves in knots to evade the standard. Oh, wait, yes I do know why. Because they’re a bunch of petty, brainless empty suits who would fit right in at Initech.

  4. LOL!!!

    Still doing favors for Jerry Richardson on his way out the door. Absolutely priceless.

    See, people? Even blatant cheating in front of everyone, whether it be hiding concussions, warming balls on national tv or having the refs pick up flags on MNF in creepy fashion in 2013 to end the game, it depends who your team is with how Goodell levies any kind of punishment.

    Unreal.

    Newton had a concussion and they hid it, and they lied about it, TWICE.

  5. They should have included in their excuse-making that he was staggering like he just got knocked out because of the bum knee. They’re so incompetent at the league office that they don’t even lie well.

  6. So what about the fact that the Panthers told Cam to get down to buy time for their back up to warm up? He clearly was able to get to the sidelines under his own power.

  7. How is this so hard to believe? I know you’re all medical experts here so I’m preaching to the choir, but if you had a potential eye injury, wouldn’t your facial expressions and physical reaction be similar to the reaction if you had a concussion? What is his reaction supposed to be when his eye hurts? Should he have grabbed his ankle and smiled?

    I’m not saying he definitely didn’t get a concussion, because I am not on the Panthers’ medical staff and I’m not Cam Newton. But why is it so hard for you to believe that it was just an eye problem? It’s completely possible.

  8. Rdog says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:12 am
    How is this so hard to believe? I know you’re all medical experts here so I’m preaching to the choir, but if you had a potential eye injury, wouldn’t your facial expressions and physical reaction be similar to the reaction if you had a concussion? What is his reaction supposed to be when his eye hurts? Should he have grabbed his ankle and smiled?

    I’m not saying he definitely didn’t get a concussion, because I am not on the Panthers’ medical staff and I’m not Cam Newton. But why is it so hard for you to believe that it was just an eye problem? It’s completely possible.

    Oh sure, I can buy that. The only issue here is that when one team does something that’s apparently a violation half the country loses it’s mind and labels it cheating yet when others do the same thing it’s no biggie. What’s so hard to understand?

  9. He showed more concussion symptoms than Gronk did yet he doesn’t even go out of the game and the team lied about it yet no fine or anything? Well imagine my shock.

  10. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Oh sure, I can buy that. The only issue here is that when one team does something that’s apparently a violation half the country loses it’s mind and labels it cheating yet when others do the same thing it’s no biggie. What’s so hard to understand?
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    FatBaba says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

    BS. He was just as concussed as Gronk. Imagine the uproar had the Patriots done what Seattle or Carolina did !
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    Are you people not reading this comment section? Quit saying that no one is making a big deal out of this when there is pretty much unanimous disapproval everywhere you look.

  11. I was at that game and he defiantly needed to go to the locker room to be checked for a concussion but it was late in the 4th quarter and there would have been no way he would have gotten back in the game before it would have ended. So, players health trumped potentially winning a playoff game. Bottom line is winning not players health.

  12. Cam said he was poked in the eye by his visor, his visor! Visor’s are generally screwed into place and his visor appears to have zero damage to it whatsoever so his excuse is complete BS. It’s no surprise one of Rog’s buddies are getting yet another pass.

  13. Rdog says:

    January 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Oh sure, I can buy that. The only issue here is that when one team does something that’s apparently a violation half the country loses it’s mind and labels it cheating yet when others do the same thing it’s no biggie. What’s so hard to understand?
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    FatBaba says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

    BS. He was just as concussed as Gronk. Imagine the uproar had the Patriots done what Seattle or Carolina did !
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    Are you people not reading this comment section? Quit saying that no one is making a big deal out of this when there is pretty much unanimous disapproval everywhere you look.
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    Clearly, no one with any real power gives a crap, and THAT is a problem.

  14. Rdog says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Oh sure, I can buy that. The only issue here is that when one team does something that’s apparently a violation half the country loses it’s mind and labels it cheating yet when others do the same thing it’s no biggie. What’s so hard to understand?
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    FatBaba says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

    BS. He was just as concussed as Gronk. Imagine the uproar had the Patriots done what Seattle or Carolina did !
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    Are you people not reading this comment section? Quit saying that no one is making a big deal out of this when there is pretty much unanimous disapproval everywhere you look.

    The metaphor was lost I guess. How can you honestly say that there would not be 10x to 100x negative comments against NE had Gronk been allowed to do a Wilsonesque move and be allowed to barge back onto the field? This is comment #25. We’d be at 225 right now if this had been Brady or Gronk declining the exam. The larger point is that the NFL didn’t event allow for that opportunity. He was ushered into the locker room immediately. Capricious enforcement.

  15. Straight Cash Homie says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Cam said he was poked in the eye by his visor, his visor! Visor’s are generally screwed into place and his visor appears to have zero damage to it whatsoever so his excuse is complete BS. It’s no surprise one of Rog’s buddies are getting yet another pass.

    Makes you wonder why he wears a visor if it damages the very thing it’s meant to protect.

  16. So the guidance from the NFL is that a QB who may have had a concussion simply needs to mention his eye to negate all strict concussion rules. Thanks, other QBs will keep that one in their back pocket. If only they had announced this a few days earlier, Gronk and the NFL might have seen things eye to eye.

  17. In watching the game it seemed clear that he went to the ground so to avoid the Panthers taking a delay of game or taking a charged timeout. There is nothing wrong with an injured player taking an injury timeout in this manner. And there is nothing wrong with coaches or trainers reminding players to go to the ground when they have a real injury.

    The NFL gets plenty wrong, but they got this one right. This was a manufactured controversy.

  18. “In watching the game it seemed clear that he went to the ground so to avoid the Panthers taking a delay of game or taking a charged timeout. There is nothing wrong with an injured player taking an injury timeout in this manner”

    Uhhh, nope. He was 100% capable of getting to the sideline. He flopped to the ground like a fish out of water so the backup had time to get ready. With a coach in the background instructing him to flop so they could cheat. If this was NE you’d all be singing a different tune. Don’t be obtuse.

  19. Cam(eron) Newton is Superman. Cam/Superman’s “kryptonite” is kickers who miss FGs, and wideouts who drop end zone TD passes.

  20. wallabear says:
    January 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Cam(eron) Newton is Superman. Cam/Superman’s “kryptonite” is kickers who miss FGs, and wideouts who drop end zone TD passes.

    So basically all QB’s are from Krypton?

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