NFL Must Hit Panthers With Steep Penalty

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Everybody has their causes for why they imagine the NFL has develop into much less watchable than ever this season, starting from gamers kneeling for the nationwide anthem to the overuse of replay critiques bogging down far an excessive amount of of the sport motion.

In fact, the league’s concussion protocol additionally stays a whole farce, as underscored but once more by the sham that the supposedly up to date and toughened guidelines continued to be in the course of the first weekend of the playoffs.

In line with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community, the NFL and the NFLPA are collectively investigating the Panthers’ dealing with of Cam Newton within the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 31-26 wild-card loss on Sunday in New Orleans. As they need to be, whatever the foolish and insulting explanations each the star quarterback and his head coach, Ron Rivera, supplied afterward for permitting him again into the sport on the following offensive sequence.

Poked within the eye? Come on, now.

How about believing what everybody was watching with their very own eyes?

“This ‘Cam Newton’s visor poked him within the eye’ is the best storyline within the historical past of sports activities,” Chris Nowinksi, the co-founder of the Boston College CTE Middle, mentioned on Twitter. “And I am saying that as a former WWE wrestler. Watch the video, you do not collapse after that hit since you want ice in your face. It is a #concussion.”

Barely one week in the past, the NFL had introduced it could “require a locker room concussion analysis for all gamers demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability,” which the league additional outlined as “stumbling or falling to the bottom when making an attempt to face.”

Did that not describe Newton as he dropped to his knees and gestured in direction of his head whereas jogging to the sideline after he’d been leveled to the turf by Saints defensive lineman David Onyemata with about 9 minutes remaining within the fourth quarter?

With backup QB Derek Anderson approaching for the following play, the Panthers first introduced that Newton was being evaluated for a concussion — albeit within the sideline medical tent, not the locker room — after which that he’d been cleared upon his return to the sector.

The previous NFL MVP related on a mid-range cross that rookie Christian McCaffrey broke for a landing, however the Panthers’ ultimate sequence and their probability for a comeback victory ended on a turnover on downs.

“I do know it was a precautionary concussion protocol factor that occurred, but it surely wasn’t my head, it was my eye,” Newton insisted after the sport.

Newton, who wears a visor, additional indicated that his helmet “got here down low sufficient over my eyelid and it received pressed into the participant’s abdomen,” or he “thought perhaps anyone caught his finger in my eye.”

Regardless, as quickly as he wobbled to his knees, Newton ought to have been taken to the locker room, not less than based on the revised protocol that was hurried into place in December after the league got here beneath hearth when Houston equally had botched the dealing with of clearly concussed quarterback Tom Savage.

Kansas Metropolis’s Professional Bowl tight finish Travis Kelce and Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor each left their crew’s respective losses over the weekend with concussions and didn’t return. Their absences impacted each outcomes, which you’d hope will not function additional deterrent for coaches and gamers doing the precise factor on the subject of head trauma.

Earlier this season, the NFL additionally had fined the Seattle Seahawks $100,000 for not correctly following the protocol after quarterback Russell Wilson was crushed throughout a Week 10 win over Arizona.

The penalty for the Panthers needs to be even steeper, or else the league’s speak about truly caring about participant security and long-term well being nonetheless is nothing however extra hole lip service.


Odell Beckham Jr. is making an attempt to be the voice of motive with troubled teammate Eli Apple, pleading with him on Twitter to cease arguing with indignant Giants followers.

When OBJ is your calming affect, you understand you have gone too far.

–Belichick now says he “completely” plans to be again in New England subsequent season.

As I recommended on the Twitter feed over the weekend, the Giants as an alternative ought to look into hiring previous Jimmy McGinty from The Replacements. He received with Keanu Reeves at QB, and a sumo wrestler at left deal with.

–Talking of the massive display screen, Gillooly could not give you any artistic method to assist Margot Robbie win on the Golden Globes for I, Tonya?

–LaVar Ball is a blowhard, all of us get that. However that does not imply Rick Carlisle or anybody else will get to dictate what ESPN or another media outlet deems to be newsworthy. Would not work that method, sorry.

–The growth Vegas Golden Knights extremely have the second-best file within the NHL general, and they’re 18-2-1 at house after taking down the Rangers on Sunday.

What occurs there, stays there, together with your street factors.

–Jerry Van Dyke’s Luther van Dam on Coach was one of many underrated characters of TV sitcom historical past. #RIP


With the nationwide championship recreation on Monday night time, listed below are my Prime-5 motion pictures about school soccer:


“Whoa, a 40-year-old freshman?”


“Win only one for the Gipper…”


“That is your alternative to rise from the ashes.”


“Let’s put the ladies and youngsters to mattress and go lookin’ for dinner!”


“He is so little!”

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