Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took some pretty big hits in Thursday night’s season opener vs. the Denver Broncos.
Now, the NFL and NFLPA will initiate a review to decide whether the proper concussion protocol was followed. Newton took at least four helmet-to-helmet hits during the game but a penalty was only called once. The NFLPA on Sunday tweeted it would initiate a compliance investigation and, later, the NFL released a statement saying it, too, would look into the hits.
The NFLPA will initiate a compliance investigation into the Cam Newton incident from Thursday night's game.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 11, 2016
The NFL on Friday said Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall should have been penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the third quarter. Newton was never taken out of the game for any of the hits. In a statement, the league said that a nuerotrama specialist and two athletic trainers in the press box determined there were “no indications of a concussion that would require further evaluation and the removal of the player from the game.”
Last season, the NFL added independent spotters who can stop games if they feel a player has suffered a concussion.
After the contest, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton passed four concussion tests and the referees were “doing the best job they can.”