Panthers Facing Questions About Cam Newton's Quick Return

Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

Interim general manager Marty Hurney insists the Carolina Panthers handled the medical treatment of quarterback Cam Newton "the right way" during Sunday's 31-26 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.

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

It appears that the review will focus on whether Newton fell on his way to the Panthers' sideline after absorbing a fourth-quarter hit or was told by a member of Carolina's medical staff to drop to his knees. And when told that Newton's outfit was actually called a romper, Jordan replied, "The romp-him?"

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. Changes to the league's protocol - including the addition of a centralized unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant at the NFL office to monitor games - were spurred by the Savage hit. If the concussion protocol was not properly followed the team is subject to discipline, including a $150,000 fine.

'NFL concussion protocol should have dictated taking out Cam Newton and examining him immediately after direct hit to his head, ' Pat Leonard wrote.

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Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and Newton said after the game that the issue was that the player had been hit in the eye.

"I can not believe the National Football League blew their new concussion protocol in the 2nd week with Cam Newton", Nowinski wrote on Twitter.

Later in the year, Newton said, "I didn't know he was a fan of my dress code. I appreciate him. So I'm gonna send him some sauce", Jordan said - an obvious reference to Newton's earlier comments.

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

"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. Jordan said. "Look, he like spun". We saw him rock back and forth.

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