Following the loss to the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round on Sunday night, the Carolina Panthers could soon be under much scrutiny from the league for their handling of star quarterback Cam Newton, per ESPN's Kevin Seifert.
Two weeks after the National Football League had revised its concussion protocol, it was apparently broken on the big stage.
Coach Ron Rivera and general manager Mary Hurney said the Panthers followed the proper procedure, saying Newton had an eye injury and was not concussed.
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)".
This entire situation concerns a hit that he took from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata with just over eight minutes left in the game.
Newton missed only one offensive play after he was evaluated in the medical tent on the Panthers sideline and cleared to play. Newton later said he did NOT feel like he had a concussion, but suffered an eye injury from his helmet slipping down. Yet, a few yards from the sideline, he stopped and collapsed to the ground, going on all fours and staring at the ground.
"We did everything the right way", Hurney said (per the Charlotte Observer).
It was determined that proper safety guidelines were followed in that case.