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National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton

09 January 2018

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.

According to the policy, if the protocol was not properly followed, the team is subject to discipline.

"We are in contact now with the Panthers' medical staff and we will not comment further until those conversations are completed", the National Football League said in a written statement issued through a spokesman.

In the fourth quarter of the Panthers' wild-card matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Newton thought he'd eluded Tyeler Davison, and as he tried to stand upright he collided with defensive tackle David Onyemata. He briefly pointed toward his right eye.

The Panthers later announced that Newton had been cleared to return to the game after being evaluated for a possible concussion. Rivera said during his postgame news conference that Newton was told to sit down near the sideline to give Anderson an opportunity to warm up before going into the game.

Newton echoed Rivera's assessment that he was poked in the eye.

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'My helmet had came down low enough over my eyelid and it got pressed by the player's stomach I believe.

The league and the players union changed its concussion protocol last month after Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage returned to the field after having a concussion that left the quarterback's hands shaking after a hit. But again, I'm not the doctor.

Jordan said the hit that Newton absorbed was significant. "If he wants to send me his address I can send him some sauce".

"You beat the Carolina Panthers three times in a year, I'm gonna have to send this guy a wine bottle", Jordan said of Newton, pointing to a bottle of wine in his locker.

It comes after the Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 for failing to test quarterback Russell Wilson in Week 10.

This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol.

National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton