NFL and the NFL Players Association announced that they would investigate in the verdict about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton absorbed multiple hits to the head in the season-opening.
Newton suffered four times hits to the head in that game, including the one occurred in the Panthers last wave of attacks. Only the last hit was whistled for a foul, but the foul was neutralized by Newton’s foul in passing toward a direction without wide receiver intentionally.
After the last crash, Newton was evaluated by the medical personnel and determined he did not show signs of brain concussion.
The NFL issued a statement on Friday morning that officials believe concussion inspection process was properly followed. However, the players union said they would exercise their right to investigate the matter.
In the current regulations, if the findings of the players union contrary to the league’s, the union can appeal to a neutral arbitrator, which has authority to punish the Panthers and others are responsible for Newton’s health.
After the game, the Panthers coach Ron Rivera question the referee did not whistle for fouls instead of the doctor did not allow Newton to enter concussion inspection process.
According to Rivera, the doctor and neurological consultant agree Newton did not need to leave the game with his situation that time. Newton asked four times whether the impact will have an adverse effect, but he passed all checks.