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National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton

09 January 2018

The controversy comes less than two weeks after a league mandate requiring more extensive concussion testing for players demonstrating obvious symptoms.

On Monday, Carolina players, coaches and interim general manager Marty Hurney met with reporters to wrap up the season.

Newton left for one play after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata's chest struck Newton's head with about nine minutes left.

Newton was clearly shaken up, and as he walked toward the Panthers' sideline, he fell to his knees.

Ron Rivera said after the game that Newton had been poked in the eye. 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.

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The Panthers QB struggled to get to his feet before collapsing as he made his way towards the sidelines to get checked out by team doctors.

The changes came in conjunction with a decision not to punish the Houston Texans for their handling of a concussion suffered by quarterback Tom Savage.

Two weeks after the National Football League had revised its concussion protocol, it was apparently broken on the big stage.

However, the question could become whether or not Newton should have been taken to the locker room for evaluations. Hurney said, "We did everything right", when asked about Newton's treatment.

"I'm not here to make that type of judgment", Jordan said in the Saints' postgame locker room.

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'My helmet had came down low enough over my eyelid and it got pressed by the player's stomach I believe.

The Panthers' handling Sunday of Newton's injury drew criticism by Chris Nowinski, the founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

Newton spent time on the ground after the hit. He said after the game the issue was with his eye, not his head.

When a reported noted that Jordan's sauce comment was a callback to Newton's joke, Jordan said, "Petty, right?" "We're going to send him a nice little bottle of Jordan wine".

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National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton