Newton did not need to leave game after hit by Broncos

Three of the hits were of the helmet-to-helmet variety but none resulted in any penalty yardage.

The NFL insists it has taken measures to prevent concussions, but this led many to question: what exactly are those measures worth if Newton was allowed to stay in the game? He did not get checked for a concussion. The first came early in the third quarter, when DeMarcus Ware pulled Newton down and Von Miller hit him, facemask-to-facemask. Newton's 44th rushing score of his career broke a tie between him and Steve Young for most by a QB in National Football League history. The rulebook says the same thing. Yet, in the moment, under live fire, they're just the same replaceable commodities every other player is.

Nobody was out there protecting Cam Newton when he needed it Thursday night in Denver. "I just took the shot, man". "When he's running the ball - they've got quarterback-designed runs, quarterback keeps, quarterback powers, draws, everything - we're going to treat him like a running back".

The Broncos beat the Panthers 21-20 on Thursday night thanks to some decent quarterbacking from Trevor Siemian and a Graham Gano missed field goal as time expired. As football coaches love to point out, the film never lies.

The NFL released a statement about the lack of examination on Newton and said medical personnel cleared him with an unusual method.

When asked if there was a hidden bias against the 2015 MVP, Cecil Newton said he was looking for more transparency. He had his reasons.

Newton, the NFL's reigning MVP, was 18 of 33 for 194 yard with one TD and one interception.

It has to stop. Speaking to ESPN's Jim Trotter after the game, Cecil Newton ripped into the league and the officiating crew and even began to wonder if there was a bias against his son. The presence of Peyton Manning in the booth means the sun has officially set on the former Denver quarterback playing in the NFL.

That's far softer than Newton's criticism last September of referee Ed Hochuli, whom Newton accused of saying the now 27-year-old quarterback is "not old enough to get that call" for roughing the passer after a hit.

"It's not my job to question the officials", he said. I didn't think I hit him in the head. In fact, it's three country miles removed from fair.

"You guys have watched him for six years", tight end Greg Olsen said.

A great one, too.

Newton received several helmet-to-helmet blows during the Panthers' season-opening loss Thursday. They have one more blocker when he runs the ball.

All targeting calls are automatically subject to a video review, a necessary step in a violent game that's almost impossible to keep a handle on in real time.

Stand up for him after the Super Bowl press conference walkout? "I think everything is going to be fine".

"I'm going to wait until I see the tape", Rivera said when asked about the hits Newton absorbed.

He was talking about the officials.

With the help of cornerback Chris Harris Jr., Siemian was able to take advantage of an interception that put the Broncos on the Carolina 23-yard line to start what would ultimately be the game-winning drive. Why didn't Rivera send in the backup, Derek Anderson, and try his luck against the Broncos the next time they meet up in the Super Bowl?

"I just know tonight it was a very physical game", Newton said following the Broncos' 21-20 victory in the Super Bowl rematch. Manning said he spoke with Siemian on the eve of the game and told him he was in his corner.

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