Cam Newton reportedly suffered knee injury in loss to Saints

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Associated Press

I talked to him two days ago.

The NFL learned about the injury while interviewing Panthers officials over the phone this week as part of its investigation whether concussion protocol was properly followed with Newton, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Losing to the Saints was a rough way to end the season for the Panthers and their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton.

While a knee problem would fall into that category, Newton made no reference to it following the game, instead blaming the loss of balance on getting poked in the eye. However, Newton was only taken to the team's blue medical tent, not the locker room as new National Football League rules mandate.

The new league policy that went into effect in late December mandates that players head to the locker room for more extensive testing when exhibiting symptoms related to a concussed state. Per the new National Football League mandate that was recently released, "A player who exhibits gross motor instability or significant loss of balance must be taken to the locker room for evaluation if it is not diagnosed as an orthopedic injury".

The were fined $100,000, and the team's coaching and medical staffs were required to attend medical training regarding the concussion protocol, after a joint review determined the club did not properly evaluate quarterback following a hard tackle during a November 9 game against Arizona.

"He took a hit". Approaching the sideline, Newton went to the ground and gestured toward his right eye or forehead. The quarterback was evaluated on the sideline for a concussion, but he only missed one offensive play before returning.

It was determined that proper safety guidelines were followed in that case.

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