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NFLPA, NFL investigating handling of hits on QB Cam Newton

The NFLPA and NFL will investigate how medical personnel handled the helmet-to-helmet hits to Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton on Thursday night.

The helmet-to-helmet hits on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton led to only one penalty in the league’s opening game Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

Newton took several hits to the head and the NFLPA announced on Sunday that it will be initiating a compliance investigation into how medical personnel tasked with player safety at Thursday’s game in Denver handled the situation.

The NFL responded Sunday that it will also conduct a review into how the concussion testing protocol was handled.

“In order to ensure that it is being uniformly applied across all 32 NFL teams, we have decided to initiate a review of the medical team’s response to the Cam Newton tackle, under the procedure set forth by the collective bargaining agreement,” the NFL said in a statement issued Sunday morning. “Under that procedure, representatives from the league and the players association will review the relevant documents and video and interview the involved parties to ensure the protocol was applied properly.”

The NFL said it didn’t see evidence that the protocol was applied improperly.

Newton said after the game that it wasn’t his job to question the officials, but his father, Cecil Newton, did.

“I think the culprit is the mere fact that they allowed the game to get out of control,” Cecil Newton told ESPN. “They allowed players to push the envelope to the very edge. That's my ultimate concern. Whether [league officials] want to go after them or not, fine. But I'm thinking about Cam Newton being healthy today, tomorrow and 25 or 35 years from now.”

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