Possible violation of National Football League concussion protocol to be probed

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Still, Newton completed three straight passes to move the Panthers to the Saints 26-yard line with 58 seconds left before New Orleans' resistance stiffened. As he walked to the sideline, Newton went down to the ground, where he pointed to his eye as trainers checked him out.

Newton left the game for one play after being shaken up on a sack.

After the game, Newton and Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Newton went through concussion protocol, but the bulk of the time he was being evaluated was for a possible eye injury.

The effectiveness of the NFL's concussion protocol is being questioned following Cam Newton's scary moment at the weekend. "I thought maybe somebody had stuck their finger in my eye, but I've got on a visor, so that couldn't happen". Backup quarterback Derek Anderson took over under center while Newton was examined in the medical tent on the Panthers' sideline.

The Saints rushed for only 41 yards, their lowest total of the season, against the Panthers and about 100 yards fewer than they ran for in the two previous regular-season victories over Carolina.

He caught an 80-yard pass from Drew Brees giving New Orleans their first touch down of the game.

Panther nation will bemoan and wonder what would have been if not for an intentional grounding call on Newton that took cost Carolina precious yards and seconds in the final minute, but not Newton.

There simply can not have been many times during Brees's tenure in New Orleans that he has seen an opposing defense use such a stop-the-run strategy, particularly in a game of such significance.

"I just have to be better", he said.

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"I didn't know he was a fan of my dress code", Newton said Wednesday when I asked him about Jordan's criticism.

Send a message to them and every other team that keeping a player's brain intact matters more than anything.

Chris Nowinski, founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, took to Twitter to express his thoughts: "I can not believe the National Football League blew their new concussion protocol in the second week with Cam Newton".

"If a team is going to do that, then I feel like with the matchups we have outside that there should be opportunities, ' Brees said. So I want them always to feel welcome, that they were a big part of what all of us are now standing on".

But the Saints All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan spearheaded a late defensive stand to seal a 31-26 an NFC wild-card round victory. Against Carolina, they allowed Newton to pass for 349 yards, his second most all season.

We'll worry about that later this week, but for now let's bask in having Drew Brees quarterback our favorite team, and that we get at least one more week to enjoy this fantastic unexpected ride that is the 2017 Saints.

The Saints play an NFC divisional-round game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings with a chance to reach the conference championship game for the first time since their 2009 Super Bowl run.

Newton didn't mention names, but you have to believe one of them was running back Jonathan Stewart, who at 30 could be a salary-cap casualty as he enters the final season of his contract after an unproductive season.

"That game didn't come down to just one call that could have went either way". The NFL and the players union will investigate, meaning the season will end with two ongoing investigations into the Panthers' business practices.

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