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Panthers Won’t Be Punished For Handling of Cam Newton’s Injury During Playoff Loss

The Panthers will not be punished for their handling of Cam Newton’s injury during a playoff loss to the Saints on Jan. 7, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

The NFL and the Players Association announced Wednesday that Carolina’s medical staff correctly followed concussion protocol guidelines. The league released a statement Wednesday saying it reviewed game footage and medical reports, as well as statements and interviews with Newton and coach Ron Rivera, before making its determination that “there was no protocol violation.”

After walking off the field with a second-half eye injury, Newton stumbled to the ground near the sideline when asked by trainers to take a knee.

The league said they believe that stumble was caused by a previous knee injury.

The NFL said the league’s 2015 MVP had an MRI on Jan. 8 that “confirmed ligament and cartilage damage and very extensive swelling in the knee.”

Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney said on Wednesday that Newton will not need surgery on the knee.


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