Newton's father, Cecil, said the family was "grossly
disturbed" by the repeated shots to his son.
Now the NFL and NFL Players Association are investigating the
response by medical personnel during the game.
One specific hit -- helmet-to-helmet contact initiated by
Broncos safety Darian Stewart -- prompted the compliance
"The NFL is committed to the proper application of the
concussion protocol," the league spokesman said in a statement.
"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," NFL
spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.
"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 that the protocol
was applied properly. It is important to note that initiation of
this process does not mean that we have seen any evidence that
the protocol was applied improperly, but simply reflects our
obligation to ensure the health and safety of our players."
The NFL safety advisory committee panel meets once a month and
will discuss at the upcoming meeting whether to consider
adopting college targeting penalty rules, which carry automatic
ejection and a one-game suspension.
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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