During the Carolina Panthers’ 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon, star quarterback Cam Newton took a pretty hard hit to the helmet on a run towards the endzone.
Newton left the game to undergo concussion testing shortly after throwing for a touchdown on the same possession as the hit. He was ultimately cleared before the next offensive series, and didn’t miss a single play. This led to coach Ron Rivera fielding questions, and getting upset about them during his press conference on Monday.
“We’ve discussed this before,” he told members of the media in attendance via NFL.com. “I went through and answered all your questions yesterday. I gave you all your information. In fact, I understood you called the league to make sure we do what we’re supposed to.
“We follow the rules here. Don’t question my integrity when it comes to these things. Understand that. I try to be as forthright as I can when I answer your questions and when I’m doing that, the least I could do is get the common courtesy that I’m being believed. I take it very seriously.”
Rivera continued to say that it’s up to the doctors to let Newton back in the game. He doesn’t have a say in those decisions with the new rules in place to try and better protect players from head injuries.
Newton simply chalked it up to being a running quarterback, and that it’s part of the game.
No matter how you look at it, though, hits to the head are nothing to take lightly. These independent doctors are there to protect the players and keep them from hurting themselves more. Besides, it makes sense to be even more scrutinous with the process after the Case Keenum incident a few weeks back.