Pan­thers’ New­ton won’t worry about head shots

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Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton said he’s not wor­ried about the long-term ef­fects of re­peated hits to his head.

The league Most Valu­able Player took four hel­met-to-hel­met shots in Carolina’s 21-20 loss to the Den­ver Bron­cos, although only one of the hits drew a flag.

De­spite the well-pub­li­cized ef­fects of re­peated con­cus­sions to play­ers, New­ton said his fo­cus is solely on win­ning games.

“That’s it, win­ning,” New­ton said when asked about his long-term health. “I’m not here to worry about re­tire­ment plans. I’m not here to worry about pen­sions. I’m not here to worry about worker’s [com­pen­sa­tion]. I’m here to win football games, sim­ple and plain.”

New­ton added, “This is a con­tact sport. This is a phys­i­cal sport. I play the game for the right rea­sons. What­ever Coach asks me to do, I’m go­ing to do it to win football games.”

Bron­cos line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall was fined $24,309 and for­mer Ravens safety Dar­ian Ste­wart $18,231 for hel­met-to-hel­met hits on New­ton. Nei­ther player was sus­pended.

“I’ll do it again,” Mar­shall de­clared shortly af­ter say­ing he’ll fight his fine.

“I’m not go­ing to change the way I play the game,” Ste­wart said.

New­ton had no reaction to the fines, say­ing there’s “no need to look back.”

Tonight’s staff picks

JETS@BILLS Jen Badie: Bills Mike Pre­ston: Jets Mark Selig: Jets Ed­ward Lee: Bills Peter Sch­muck: Bills Childs Walker: Bills Jeff Zre­biec: Jets League ad­dress­ing con­cus­sions: The league an­nounced that it will spend an ad­di­tional $100 mil­lion to de­velop new tech­nol­ogy and sup­port more med­i­cal re­search into the grow­ing prob­lem of head in­juries. Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell an­nounced the “Play Smart. Play Safe” ini­tia­tive in an open let­ter. Un­der the ini­tia­tive, $60 mil­lion will be de­voted to devel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy such as im­proved hel­mets and $40 mil­lion will be al­lot­ted for med­i­cal re­search. There will be four pil­lars to the pro­gram: pro­tect­ing play­ers, ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, med­i­cal re­search and shar­ing progress with the pub­lic. Forbes val­u­a­tions: Forbes’ an­nual val­u­a­tion of NFL teams has the Cow­boys again at the top, rat­ing the fran­chise to be worth $4.2 bil­lion. The Pa­tri­ots ($3.4 bil­lion), Gi­ants ($3.1 bil­lion), 49ers ($3.0 bil­lion) and Red­skins ($2.95 bil­lion) round out “I’m not here to worry about re­tire­ment plans,” Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton said when asked about his long-term health. Forbes’ top five. The Ravens are 14th at $2.3 bil­lion. The Bills have the low­est team worth at $1.5 bil­lion. Bosa misses prac­tice: Rookie Joey Bosa missed Wed­nes­day’s padded prac­tice, in­creas­ing the like­li­hood that he’ll miss the Chargers’ home opener against the Jaguars on Sun­day.

Bosa is slowed by a ham­string in­jury and still hasn’t gone through a padded prac­tice with the Chargers, who took him with the No. 3 pick over­all in the draft. He missed all of train­ing camp be­cause of a hold­out and sat out Sun­day’s loss at Kansas City.

Coach Mike McCoy said he couldn’t give a “great up­date un­til he’s out here in pads.” Wed­nes­day was the Chargers’ only prac­tice in pads this week. Ex­tra points: Pa­tri­ots tight end Rob Gronkowski (ham­string) re­turned to lim­ited prac­tice. … Vik­ings quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford took all first-team snaps in prac­tice, but coach Mike Zim­mer de­clined to name a starter. … Seahawks run­ning back Thomas Rawls will start against the Rams on Sun­day. … Pack­ers cor­ner­back Sam Shields re­mains in con­cus­sion pro­to­col, coach Mike McCarthy said. … Chiefs run­ning back Ja­maal Charles worked with the scout team. Coach Andy Reid said, “Ev­ery day he gets a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

JEFF SINER/CHAR­LOTTE OB­SERVER

An­gel McCoughtry (St. Frances) and the Dream will face the Mys­tics tonight

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