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The NFL has asked the Carolina Panthers to explain their handling of quarterback Cam Newton, who was cleared to return after taking a bang on the head during Sunday's wildcard play-off loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL revised the concussion protocol after Houston Texans QB Tom Savage was let back into a game following a hit that left him shaking on the ground, though the Texans were not fined.

Interim general manager Marty Hurney insists the Carolina Panthers handled the medical treatment of quarterback Cam Newton "the right way" during Sunday's 31-26 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. Newton took a knee as he walked toward the sideline and pointed toward his right eye. The league and players' union conducted probes a year ago after Newton took a hard hit to the head late in the season opener at Denver but did not come out of the game. And when told that Newton's outfit was actually called a romper, Jordan replied, "The romp-him?" Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.

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.

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and Newton said after the game that the issue was that the player had been hit in the eye.




"I can not believe the National Football League blew their new concussion protocol in the 2nd week with Cam Newton", Nowinski wrote on Twitter.

This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol. Newton later said he did NOT feel like he had a concussion, but suffered an eye injury from his helmet slipping down.

'I know it was precautionary things for a concussion, but it wasn't a hit to the head it was my eye, ' he said. The Panthers were cleared in that situation.

The Seattle Seahawks also were cited for mishandling a hit to their quarterback, Russell Wilson, earlier in the season.

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