CTE Expert Calls BS on Cam Newton's Claim of an Eye Injury

Cam Newton crumples trying to leave field in scary scene

METAIRIE, La. - Cameron Jordan made good on his promise to send a bottle of wine to longtime rival Cam Newton as a mocking thank-you gesture after the New Orleans Saints completed a three-game sweep of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The controversy comes less than two weeks after a league mandate requiring more extensive concussion testing for players demonstrating obvious symptoms.

Coach Ron Rivera and general manager Mary Hurney said the Panthers followed the proper procedure, saying Newton had an eye injury and was not concussed. Newton took a knee as he walked toward the sideline and pointed toward his right eye. And when told that Newton's outfit was actually called a romper, Jordan replied, "The romp-him?"

The Panthers QB struggled to get to his feet before collapsing as he made his way towards the sidelines to get checked out by team doctors.

The NFL and union announced changes to the protocol last month in the wake of Texans quarterback Tom Savage returning to the field after having an apparent seizure after a hit. If the concussion protocol was not properly followed the team is subject to discipline, including a $150,000 fine. Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.

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"Even if he was faking an injury to buy time, since he went down right after a massive head impact, the new National Football League concussion protocol dictates he had to go the locker room for a full evaluation", Nowinski wrote.

This is the second time this season the Panthers are being investigated for their handling of Newton as it pertains to the concussion protocol. He was surprised to see Newton return to the game, he said.

"I'm not here to make that type of judgment", Jordan said in the Saints' postgame locker room. I hate that I couldn't do enough to get a win today for a lot of guys that I think so highly of. "We're going to send him a nice little bottle of Jordan wine".

When a reported noted that Jordan's sauce comment was a callback to Newton's joke, Jordan said, "Petty, right?"

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