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NFL, NFLPA reviewing protocol on Cam Newton hit

NFL, NFLPA reviewing protocol on Cam Newton hit

The Carolina Panthers‘ handling of Cam Newton‘s fourth-quarter injury has drawn the attention of the NFL and NFL Players Association.

Newton exited Carolina’s wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints after taking a hit to the head in the fourth quarter. Newton attempted to walk off the hit, but instead sat down on the field near Carolina’s sideline and was attended to by team doctors. The QB was then evaluated for a concussion in the medical tent and quickly cleared to return.

The NFL and NFLPA have initiated a review into whether concussion protocol was properly followed after the hit, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. According to the policy developed by the NFL and the union, if it’s determined protocol was not properly followed, it could lead to discipline for the team.

Cam’s return following a quick tent visit raised eyebrows, considering the NFL’s recent modifications to the concussion protocol. These adjustments, implemented on Dec. 11, state that “a player who stumbles and/or falls to the ground when trying to stand, unrelated to an orthopedic injury, should be sent directly to the locker room to undergo the…

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