Cam you fig­ure out New­ton con­cus­sion sit­u­a­tion? … Tex­ans poach new GM from Bills … Sea­hawks go with Schot­ten­heimer … Fos­ter busted for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion

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That whole did he or did he not suf­fer a con­cus­sion

Cam New­ton thing with con­tin­ues to take bizarre twists.

When New­ton got knocked into the mid­dle of 2018 dur­ing Carolina’s 31-26 wild­card loss to New Orleans, the Pan­thers orig­i­nally said the for­mer NFL MVP was sim­ply poked in the eye. Nope, he wasn’t clob­bered in the head. Just an eye poke.

Oh, and a knee in­jury too, which led to New­ton fall­ing to the ground,

Adam ac­cord­ing to ESPN’s Schefter,

who said Satur­day that the in­jury was dis­closed when the league met with Pan­thers of­fi­cials.

An MRI on the knee ear­lier this week was neg­a­tive and as pro­foot­balltalk.com re­ported on Satur­day, dur­ing and af­ter the play, New­ton never pointed to his knee or leg.

New­ton fell to the ground af­ter try­ing to walk off of the field, but the team said it told him to go down in or­der to al­low backup quar­ter­back

Derek An­der­son more time to warm up.

The NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col states: “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.”

That didn’t hap­pen and we’ll see what hap­pens next as a re­sult.

Gus Malzahn, Mean­while,

New­ton’s coach at Auburn, told CBS Ra­dio Hous­ton this week that New­ton is treated dif­fer­ently by of­fi­cials than other quar­ter­backs be­cause of his size.

“He’s one of the big­gest, strong­est guys and he takes hits other quar­ter­backs don’t,” Malzahn said.

“I just want things to be equal.”

TEX­ANS GET THEIR MAN

The Hous­ton Tex­ans searched high and low, had some doors shut on them by ri­val teams, and even­tu­ally

Brian Gaine set­tled on as the team’s new gen­eral man­ager.

“Brian is an in­cred­i­bly smart, hard­work­ing in­di­vid­ual that un­der­stands the im­por­tance of good com­mu­ni­ca­tion,”

Bob owner McNair

said in a state­ment. “We couldn’t be more ex­cited about nam­ing him our new gen­eral man­ager.”

Rick Gaine re­places Smith,

who will stay on as the team’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent as he helps his wife as she bat­tles breast can­cer.

Gaine was hired by Smith in 2014 and left the club be­fore this sea­son for Buf­falo.

Gaine, who was Buf­falo’s vice pres­i­dent of player per­son­nel,

Bill and head coach O’Brien

each signed fiveyear con­tracts on Satur­day. O’Brien had only one year re­main­ing on his prior deal and the team went 4-12 this sea­son af­ter win­ning con­sec­u­tive divi­sional ti­tles.

“Bill O’Brien has been a tremen­dous leader for us these last four years and we be­lieve in his vi­sion for the team mov­ing for­ward,” McNair said.

“Bill is a ter­rific teacher that the play­ers re­spect. We have a lot of trust in him to build a uni­fied, cham­pi­onship cul­ture and we’re thrilled to have him as our head coach into the fu­ture.”

Hous­ton was be­set by in­juries in 2017, los­ing top play­ers

J.J. Watt DeShaun and Wat­son for long pe­ri­ods,

Whit­ney as well as linebacker Mer­cilus

and run­ning D’Onta Fore­man. back Hous­ton had re­port­edly Brian Gutekunst, been af­ter who was el­e­vated to gen­eral man­ager by the Green Bay Nick Pack­ers, New Eng­land’s Case­rio, and oth­ers, be­fore re­turn­ing a fa­mil­iar face.

’HAWKS FIND RE­PLACE­MENT

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks

Brian are ex­pected to hire Schot­ten­heimer

as their new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, ac­cord­ing to ESPN.

Dar­rell The club fired Bev­ell and of­fen­sive

Tom Ca­ble line coach af­ter miss­ing the play­offs.

Schot­ten­heimer has pre­vi­ously served as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in New York with the Jets and with the St. Louis Rams. He spent the past two sea­sons as quar­ter­backs coach in Indianapolis.

Seat­tle’s gen­eral man­ager worked with Schot­ten­heimer’s father, Marty, when both were with the Washington Red­skins.

Seat­tle is ex­pected to fo­cus on im­prov­ing its run­ning game, tak­ing more ad­van­tage of elite mo­bile quar­ter­back

Rus­sell Wil­son.

Pro­foot­balltalk.com re­ported Satur­day that Seat­tle was con­sid­er­ing putting in a col­lege-style of­fence that would let Wil­son scram­ble around more of­ten in or­der to take off, or cre­ate more on the attack with his feet.

A report this week had posited Toronto Arg­onauts

Marc Trest­man head coach

as a can­di­date for the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor job, but there was noth­ing to it.

Mean­while, Ca­ble is re­port­edly re­turn­ing to Oak­land

Jon Gru­den to work un­der

as his of­fen­sive line coach. Ca­ble was Oak­land’s head coach un­til 2010.

QUICK HITS

Reuben Fos­ter,

San Fran­cisco’s sec­ond-lead­ing tack­ler, was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana in Alabama on Fri­day. The rookie slipped in the draft be­cause of off-field con­cerns, in­clud­ing a di­luted urine sam­ple from a drug test ... Chicago

Kevin Gil­bride hired Jr.

to be its tight ends coach af­ter Gil­bride spent eight sea­sons with the New York Giants. Ear­lier, new head

Matt Nagy coach had con­vinced well-re­garded de­fen­sive

Vic Fan­gio co­or­di­na­tor

to stick around.

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