Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NFL, union launch joint review of Panthers' handling of Cam Newton injury

NFL, union launch joint review of Panthers' handling of Cam Newton injury

"We did everything the right way".

"Kamara, Drew Brees, baby", said this man.

In a subsequent tweet, the team added: "Cam Newton is back in at quarterback".

Medical personnel attended to him as he sat on the field, then took him to the medical tent on the sideline for evaluation. The paper cited the league's concussion protocol that says a player must be taken to the locker room if he exhibits "gross motor instability or significant loss of balance". It was my eye.

"My helmet had came down low enough over my eyelid and it got pressed into the player's stomach, I believe", Newton said. "I thought somebody stuck their finger in my eye, but I've got my visor, so that couldn't happen". He missed one offensive play and was cleared to return.

"He took a knee because they told him to take a knee so we could get the official timeout and Derek [Anderson] could warm up, " Hurney said when explaining why Newton went to the ground while coming off the field. "I mean, he was injured".

C Defensive line: The Panthers' front four failed to get sustained pressure on Drew Brees, sacking him only once (by Kawann Short) and getting only three other hits on him (one was by linebacker Luke Kuechly).

"I didn't know he was a fan of my dress code", Newton said Wednesday when I asked him about Jordan's criticism.

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Blake Bortles' 88 yards rushing in Jacksonville's 10-3 win over Buffalo were the most by a Jaguars quarterback in a single game in franchise history - regular season or playoffs. When Carolina regained possession, Newton returned to the field and guided the Panthers on their final two possessions.

A heck of a play that allowed the Saints to defeat the Panthers for the third time this season, marching on to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game. If the Saints are going to accomplish their ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl this season, that much-improved supporting cast might not be enough. "But again, I'm not the doctor", Rivera said.

Critics have accused the Panthers of ignoring the NFL's concussion rules after the 28-year-old appeared to collapse moments after slamming into Onyemata's chest. "If you are going to stack the "box" (the area near the line of scrimmage) and take us (running backs) out of the game, then he is going to hurt you". During a second-quarter touchdown drive, Brees threw a ideal pass to tight end Jeremy Hill for a 25-yard gain that caught Barr's eye.

Rivera didn't agree with the penalty. That's tough. That's a tough one to handle. "I appreciate him. So I'm gonna send him some sauce", Jordan said - an obvious reference to Newton's earlier comments.

"I think we've shown, offensively, that we have a lot of ways to be effective, a lot of weapons to spread the ball around. We just struggled in the first half in the red zone and it turned out to be points that we kept chasing".

After relying on a strong running attack most of the season, Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Ted Ginn Jr. that "broke the seal" on the game in the first half of the Saints' 31-26 wild-card playoff victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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