• NFL: Panthers followed concussion protocol after Newton injury


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The National Football League ruled Wednesday that the Carolina Panthers did not violate concussion protocol after quarterback Cam Newton was injured during the Jan. 7 game against the New Orleans Saints.

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    There was concern for Newton when he had to take a knee while walking off the field after being hit. Some questioned whether the Panthers violated protocol when Newton was put back in the game.



    The NFL and NFL Players Association looked over game footage, medical reports and interviewed Newton and head coach Ron Rivera.

    [READ: NFL statement on Newton's injury]

    It was determined that Newton sustained an injury to his right eye. Newton said he took himself off the field due to his eye injury, which made it difficult for him to see. Newton said he never experienced any balance problems or other concussion-type symptoms.

    The NFL said that Newton was properly evaluated for a concussion in the sideline medical tent and did not sustain a concussion.

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