There was an outrage last year after Jeff Fisher let his QB stay in the game and continue to play after receiving what looked like a concussion causing hit.
Today, the Panthers got away with the same thing. I am not here to argue the idiocy of offsetting penalties for grounding when your QB is blown up with a hit to the helmet. That call flies directly in the face of the player safety stance that the league is committed to.
It just appeared to me and a lot of people watching that if it is the fourth quarter and your team is trying to make a come back on the national stage, player safety rules go out the window.
Social Media reacted right away to the hit.
Cam Newton remains in the game after taking blow to the skull: pic.twitter.com/1wDUXWisCG
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 9, 2016
How is Cam staying in?
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) September 9, 2016
Concussion protocol will become a big story tomorrow unless Goodell leaks a different fake breaking news story to a media crony ASAP.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) September 9, 2016
Concussion protocol — failure. Joke.
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 9, 2016
I don’t 100% agree with Bill Simmons, but this will be a national story for the morning sports talk shows. However, it will die off quickly if Cam Newton shows up tomorrow on camera and looks “OK” during any interviews.
On the other hand if Cam does show up on the injury report with concussion symptoms expect this story to take over the world. The major risk to a player that has had a concussion is to suffer a second one without recovering from the first. If Cam did suffer any type of brain injury on that play, he was out there facing very real and even life threatening danger.
I won’t jump to any conclusions at this point and during his post game interview Cam looked to be himself, but we will know more tomorrow.