Cam Newton injured his knee in playoff loss to Saints

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

In addition to getting no help from his wide receivers, Newton got pummeled in the backfield repeatedly, sacked four times, poked in the eye and kicked in the head.

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.

Following a big hit from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata, Newton staggered to the ground and had trouble keeping his balance, which led to him being evaluated for a concussion on the sideline.

In the statement, the NFL made clear that league policy would "Require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)".

On the surface, that excuse seems like a hard one to believe, especially in light of how often the NFL's concussion protocol gets ignored for star players.

Earlier this year, the Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 after quarterback Russell Wilson was not properly tested.

"He actually got poked in the eye", Rivera said.

Regardless, the league is continuing to investigate the situation to see if Newton was indeed concussed and what, if any, steps the Panthers took to address that concussion. "They took him in there as a precautionary (measure) just to make sure. I thought somebody stuck their finger in my eye, but I've got my visor, so that couldn't happen".

Newton returned on the next series and threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Christian McCaffrey on the third play of the possession.

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