NFL Looking Into Panthers' Handling Of Cam's Protocol

Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was evaluated for a concussion in Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game against the New Orleans Saints, the Panthers announced. They will not comment further until those conversations are completed.

Newton exited the game briefly after a big hit from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata.

Medical personnel cleared Newton to return in the fourth quarter. He was replaced the next play, but as he made his way off the sideline he stubbled and needed help to get back up off the field.

The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000, and the team's coaching and medical staffs were required to attend medical training regarding the concussion protocol, after a joint review determined the club did not properly evaluate quarterback Russell Wilson following a hard tackle during a November 9 game against Arizona. Newton later said he did NOT feel like he had a concussion, but suffered an eye injury from his helmet slipping down.

There is little margin for error for determination with head injuries as it has been at the forefront of scrutiny by the National Football League over the last several years.

Newton dropped to the floor as he left the pitch for treatment, and the league wants assurances that concussion protocols were followed correctly.

The league is now looking into the situation, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Newton's hats, from the brimless hat to the "barbershop quartet" look, tend to get fans talking on social media.

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