The worry about Cam Newton’s health is deeper than simply his current injury.
Multiple people inside of the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback’s inner circle have told him he needs to “play more carefully,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
They are asking the former Auburn star to make every move faster, whether it’s to get down, go out of bounds or get into the end zone. They told Schefter Newton said he will do a better job of protecting himself when he can.
He went into concussion protocol as a result of a hit he took in the Panthers’ loss last week to the Atlanta Falcons.
Newton’s head has been a point of discussion all season. He took a few helmet-to-helmet shots in their season-opener against the Denver Broncos. Many questioned whether he was receiving the same treatment as the other quarterbacks in the league, and eventually linebacker Brandon Marshall and safety Darian Stewart were fined.
The level of contact Newton takes has always been a talking point. He is so big some don’t realize the impact of those blows, and that includes him. He has been hobbled before in his career, and that was a problem as recently as 2014. Newton was gimpy for a lot of the season and the Panthers started slowly. Once he got healthy, they went on a run that lasted until a loss in Atlanta last December.
Story originally published by Stephen Knox on All22.com.