Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

NFL, NFLPA launch joint review of Cam Newton concussion protocol

NFL, NFLPA launch joint review of Cam Newton concussion protocol

During the final quarter of Carolina's 31-26 Wild Card game loss to the New Orleans Saints Newton was sacked and hit his head. Any player showing "gross or sustained vertical instability" following a hit is now required to be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, according to the NFL's updated concussion protocol.

The NFL revised the concussion protocol after Houston Texans QB Tom Savage was let back into a game following a hit that left him shaking on the ground, though the Texans were not fined.

Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney said the medical staff "did everything the right way" when it came to handling Newton's injury.

The review took more than a month to conclude.

Ultimately, Jordan does have a lot of respect for Newton, who is one of the hardest quarterbacks in the National Football League to corral, although the Saints star sacked him once on Sunday, batted down two passes, forced a pivotal intentional grounding penalty and helped Vonn Bell clean up Newton on the game's final play. "He actually got poked in the eye", Rivera said.

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"We tried to force him to be uncomfortable, we tried to force him to make errors, and I don't think he made many", Jordan said.

The Seattle Seahawks also were cited for mishandling a hit to their quarterback, Russell Wilson, earlier in the season. "We did everything the right way".

Jordan sacked Cam Newton once, knocked down a couple of his passes and provided constant pressure over the course of the afternoon, including on a key intentional grounding penalty at the end of the game.

This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol.

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