The NFL and the players union have launched an official review to determine whether the Carolina Panthers followed the concussion protocol properly with quarterback Cam Newton during Sunday's NFC wild-card game vs. the Saints. The Panthers punted after Anderson's incomplete pass on third down, and Newton appeared to be quickly cleared to play again following tests by the team's medical staff.
On Monday, Carolina players, coaches and interim general manager Marty Hurney met with reporters to wrap up the season.
The organisation stipulates that any player suspected of having concussion must be evaluated in the dressing room. As he walked to the sideline, Newton went down to the ground, where he pointed to his eye as trainers checked him out.
The Bills had not featured in the play-offs since losing 22-16 at this stage in 1999, and had not reached the divisional round since 1995. But in revisions to its concussion policy announced December 29, the National Football League said it would "require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand)".
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. Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.
"Based on what the young man (Newton) said to me, that is what I believe happened", Rivera said.
"You beat the Carolina Panthers three times in a year, I'm gonna have to send this guy a wine bottle", Jordan said of Newton, pointing to a bottle of wine in his locker. He was surprised to see Newton return to the game, he said. And I think David Onyemata shut that door for him. "We romped him good".
'I know it was precautionary things for a concussion, but it wasn't a hit to the head it was my eye, ' he said. Jordan said. "Look, he like spun".