As it does on a seemingly weekly basis, the NFL’s concussion protocol is once again coming under fire following an incident with Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton last weekend.
After receiving a blow to the head from New Orleans Saints defender David Onyemata in the teams’ playoff matchup on Sunday, Newton struggled to get off the field under his own power. According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, however, the reason Newton stumbled may have been due to a knee injury and not necessarily a head injury.
On the surface, that excuse seems like a difficult one to believe, especially in light of how often the NFL’s concussion protocol gets ignored for star players. Plus, this new report of a knee injury follows shortly after a separate report claiming that Newton’s trouble getting off the field was because he was poked in the eye and not because of a possible concussion.
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.
Newton led the Tigers to a national championship in 2010.