In the fourth quarter of the Panthers' wild-card matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Newton thought he'd eluded Tyeler Davison, and as he tried to stand upright he collided with defensive tackle David Onyemata.
But the Panthers' announced Newton instead was tested for a concussion in the blue sideline tent, cleared and permitted to return to the game. - after missing only one play.
"He took a hit".
The changes came in conjunction with a decision not to punish the Houston Texans for their handling of a concussion suffered by quarterback Tom Savage.
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"I was actually talking more to the other Kalil brother", Jordan said after the game. He was seen on the sidelines with ice on his eye and claimed a visor poked him in the eye, which is why he went down.
Hurney said Newton intentionally took a knee because he was told to by the team's training staff so Carolina could get an official timeout, thus allowing backup quarterback Derek Anderson a chance to warm up.
"Even if he was faking an injury to buy time, since he went down right after a massive head impact, the new National Football League concussion protocol dictates he had to go the locker room for a full evaluation", Nowinski wrote.
Rivera did not believe Newton had not demonstrated any post-concussion symptoms Monday.
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"You beat the Carolina Panthers three times in a year, I'm going to have to send this guy a wine bottle, I appreciate him for being that good old quarterback", Jordan said.
Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and Newton said after the game that the issue was that the player had been hit in the eye. Hurney said, "We did everything right", when asked about Newton's treatment.
The Panthers' handling Sunday of Newton's injury drew criticism by Chris Nowinski, the founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
It was later determined the Panthers handled that situation correctly and no fines were handed out.
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They took over at their 47 with 40 seconds remaining and got into field-goal range on Blake Bortles' scrambles of 20 and 12 yards. Except Newton, whose scrambles and zone-read plays will keep drives alive and allow the Panthers to stay close for awhile.
The Seahawks were fined $100,000 this season after the league and union determined the team failed to apply the protocol properly after quarterback Russell Wilson took a hit to the head in a Week 10 game against Arizona.