Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NFL to consider knee injury during concussion protocol investigation

NFL to consider knee injury during concussion protocol investigation

The NFL reportedly learned of his knee injury while interviewing Panthers officials over the phone this week.

The window for Cam Newton to lead the Panthers to a Super Bowl win still is open, but Carolina needs more playmakers, particularly at wide receiver.

Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing an unnamed source, writes that "the bothersome knee injury was a contributing factor as to why Newton staggered to the ground and struggled to stay balanced once he took a knee after a hard hit to the head".

While a knee problem would fall into that category, Newton made no reference to it following the game, instead blaming the loss of balance on getting poked in the eye.

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

If the National Football League determines that protocol was violated, the Panthers could face a penalty.

According to the revised rule, a player is required to go to the locker room for evaluation if he is found to demonstrate "gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)". So it's also not very surprising to hear he's not happy about all the big hits Newton takes. Approaching the sideline, Newton went to the ground and gestured toward his right eye or forehead.

Newton returned for the next offensive series after missing just one play and threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to rookie Christian McCaffery.

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. "He took a knee because they told him to take a knee so we could get the official timeout and Derek could warm up".

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