NFL, NFLPA determine Panthers followed concussion protocol

NFL, NFLPA determine Panthers followed concussion protocol

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers is not going to be punished for his or her dealing with of Cam Newton’s harm throughout a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 7.

The NFL and the Gamers Affiliation introduced Wednesday that Carolina’s medical workers appropriately adopted concussion protocol tips. The league launched an announcement Wednesday saying it reviewed sport footage and medical experiences, in addition to statements and interviews with Newton and coach Ron Rivera, earlier than making its willpower that “there was no protocol violation.”

After strolling off the sphere with a second-half eye harm, Newton stumbled to the bottom close to the sideline when requested by trainers to take a knee.

The league stated they imagine that stumble was brought on by a earlier knee harm.

The NFL stated the league’s 2015 MVP had an MRI on Jan. eight that “confirmed ligament and cartilage harm and really intensive swelling within the knee.”

Panthers interim normal supervisor Marty Hurney informed The Related Press on Wednesday that Newton is not going to want surgical procedure on the knee.

Newton sat out one play, however returned on the following offensive sequence and completed the sport.

Hurney stated on Jan. eight that Newton deliberately took a knee as a result of he was informed to by the staff’s coaching workers so Carolina might get an official timeout, thus permitting backup quarterback Derek Anderson a bit of extra time to heat up on the sideline.

Anderson got here in for one third-down play and threw an incompletion.

“He took a success,” Hurney stated of Newton. “However when he walked off and he informed the trainers he bought poked within the eye, then they did take him into the tent and checked him for a concussion, which he didn’t have. And it was actually getting poked within the eye.”

Up for debate within the investigation was whether or not Newton ought to have been taken to the locker room for evaluations.

The league and the gamers union modified its concussion protocol in December after Texans quarterback Tom Savage returned to the sphere after having a concussion that left the quarterback’s fingers shaking following a success.

The modifications to the protocol embrace the requirement of a locker room concussion analysis for all gamers “demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the bottom when making an attempt to face.)”

Newton didn’t go to the locker room.

Newton stated after the staff’s loss to the Saints that “it wasn’t my head. It was my eye. My helmet had come down low sufficient over my eyelid and it bought pressed by the participant’s abdomen.”

“Our overview of the entire details don’t help a declare of inappropriate medical care,” the NFL Gamers Affiliation stated in an announcement. “Mr. Newton was instantly evaluated for a concussion and cleared by the staff doctor and unaffiliated neurotrauma marketing consultant.”

The Seattle Seahawks have been fined $100,000 in Week 10 after the league and union decided they failed to use the concussion protocol correctly after quarterback Russell Wilson took a blow to the top towards the Arizona Cardinals.


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