The Carolina Panthers have come under fire after quarterback Cam Newton returned to Sunday's game after seemingly being knocked out - without being put through the NFL's newly-enhanced concussion protocol.
But as NFL.com pointed out in the same article, changes implemented this season in the league's concussion protocol state 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". This might be worst - with the Saints' standout pass rusher sending a special gift to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
However, the question could become whether or not Newton should have been taken to the locker room for evaluations.
Newton and coach Ron Rivera both said after the game, which the Panthers lost 31-26, that the player was checked over after he was hit in the eye, not because of a concussion.
The Bills had not featured in the play-offs since losing 22-16 at this stage in 1999, and had not reached the divisional round since 1995.
According to Fox Sports' Chris Myers on the broadcast, Newton's visor poked him in the eye, a odd explanation following a crushing blow. "I thought maybe somebody had stuck their finger in my eye, but I've got on a visor, so that couldn't happen".
'I know it was precautionary things for a concussion, but it wasn't a hit to the head it was my eye, ' he said.More news: Why People Are Calling Out James Franco After the Golden Globes
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Rivera did not believe Newton had not demonstrated any post-concussion symptoms Monday.
The Panthers were investigated once before in the 2016 season opener at Denver when Newton took a blow to the head but remained in the game.
Newton spent time on the ground after the hit.
"I've just got to be better", Newton said.
Goodell and other NFL officials have said the league's concussion-related rules are created to put return-to-play decisions in the hands of doctors and medical personnel, without any consideration given to competitive concerns. "We're going to send him a nice little bottle of Jordan wine".
"Carolina picked him, so the brothers could reunite", Jordan said.
"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.