Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

National Football League to consider knee injury during concussion protocol investigation

National Football League to consider knee injury during concussion protocol investigation

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. The NFL's enhanced concussion protocol requires players demonstrating vertical instability after a hit to the head to be taken to the locker room to be evaluated.

While it's good that the knee issue sounds minor, it's just one more item to add to the long list of injuries Newton has suffered as the Panthers quarterback.

So why wasn't Newton taken to the locker room?

Under concussion protocol procedure, 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 standard locker room exam".

It was later determined the Panthers handled that situation correctly and no fines were handed out. Plus, this new report of a knee injury follows shortly after a separate report claiming that Newton's trouble getting off the field was because he was poked in the eye and not (again) because of a possible concussion.

National Football League to consider knee injury during concussion protocol investigation

Carolina coach Ron Rivera told reporters after Sunday's game that Newton was poked in the eye. "He took a knee because they told him to take a knee so we could get the official timeout and Derek could warm up".

"I know it was a precautionary concussion protocol thing that happened, but it wasn't my head, it was my eye", he said, per NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon. My helmet had came down low enough over my eyelid and it got pressed by the player's stomach I believe.

Trainers checked out Newton's knee a couple times during the game, although the injury will not require surgery, the source said.

The Panthers quarterback went to the ground as he left the field but quickly returned to the game after missing only one play.


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