January 20, 2018

The NFL is investigating handling of Cam Newton hit

13 January 2018, 11:36 | Randolph Howard

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"It wasn't my head", he said.

- Vonn Bell, Saints, had nine total tackles and the victory-sealing sack of Cam Newton in New Orleans' victory. And yet when you get back together, it's as if no time has passed. Once he got back standing, he began making his way over to the sideline. As he tried to walk off the field he stopped and sat on the ground near the Panthers' sideline where team doctors attended to him. It was my eye. "My helmet came down low on my eyelid, and it got pressed by the player's stomach I believe".

However, any player who shows "gross or sustained vertical instability" following a hit is now required to be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, according to the league's updated concussion protocol.

But, lo and behold, four minutes later, Newton was back in the game after missing one play.

Later, coach Ron Rivera claimed that Newton was "actually poked in the eye" and only taken to the tent as a precaution. He said following the game that he suffered an eye injury on the play and that his head was fine.

Brees remained undefeated in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the playoffs as a Saint and after the first two drives of the game, was as good as he's ever been. It was intercepted by safety Mike Adams, which turned out better for New Orleans than an incompletion because it meant the Panthers had to start from their own 31 instead of midfield.

During Week 3, the Saints beat the Panthers 31-13.

Newton took the blame for Carolina's season coming up short of the Super Bowl.

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"I don't even remember Week 1, honestly", said the Vikings' leading tackler, linebacker Eric Kendricks.

"If a team is going to give you that, then I feel with the matchups we have outside that there should be opportunities", Brees said. Josh and I have had a lot of time together so there's a great rapport there, there's a great understanding.

B+ Quarterback: Cam Newton did what he could to give the Panthers a chance, completing 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns and running for 37 yards. "And to see them the last time was more of a blessing, to be able to go out and send them home".

We'll worry about that later this week, but for now let's bask in having Drew Brees quarterback our favorite team, and that we get at least one more week to enjoy this fantastic unexpected ride that is the 2017 Saints.

Newton guided the Panthers into Saints territory but two throws into the end zone fell incomplete and he was sacked on fourth down to end Carolina's hopes.

Rivera didn't agree with the penalty.

"I just have to be better", he said. That's tough. That's a tough one to handle. "Nevertheless, that's flattering to me", the Panthers' quarterback said, via ESPN. They stopped us on the first two drives and then for us to come up with that big play, I think it blew the whole thing wide open. "He played against us the first game, but I guess they're using his abilities a little bit more now". "I don't know his first name, Speedbump".

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