Newton sus­tains con­cus­sion, Siemian also hurt

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Cam Newton sus­tained a con­cus­sion af­ter a hard hit in the fourth quar­ter on Sun­day, and this time the Carolina Pan­thers didn’t take any chances.

Newton was pulled af­ter he was hit hard, but cleanly, by Fal­cons line­backer Deion Jones on a suc­cess­ful 2-point con­ver­sion run that pulled the Pan­thers within 34-18. Derek An­der­son came on to re­place the 2015 NFL MVP. The Pan­thers later con­firmed that their star quar­ter­back, who did not speak with re­porters af­ter the game, had a con­cus­sion.

The Fal­cons, be­hind huge days for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, pulled away for a 48-33 vic­tory, drop­ping the Pan­thers to 1-3.

In the Pan­thers’ sea­son-open­ing Su­per Bowl re­match against the Den­ver Bron­cos, Newton took four hel­met-to-hel­met shots, but never came out of the game, rais­ing ques­tions about whether the Pan­thers or of­fi­cials had fol­lowed proper pro­to­col. De­fend­ers Bran­don Mar­shall and Dar­ian Ste­wart were later fined by the NFL.

Newton was not the only quar­ter­back in­jured Sun­day as Den­ver’s Trevor Siemian was side­lined dur­ing the Bron­cos’ game against the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers with an in­jury to his left, non-throw­ing shoul­der. The sec­ond-quar­ter in­jury led to the de­but of rookie first round draft choice Pax­ton Lynch, who led a field goal drive and later threw a touch­down pass in a game de­layed by se­vere weather.

Tampa Bay also sus­tained a sig­nif­i­cant in­jury in the game as four-time Pro Bowl tackle Ger­ald McCoy left with a calf in­jury dur­ing the first half. McCoy left the field early in the sec­ond quar­ter, walk­ing gin­gerly with as­sis­tance from a trainer, and the team said he would not re­turn.

Ari­zona, mean­while, lost Car­son Palmer early in the fourth quar­ter of their 17-13 loss to the Los An­ge­les Rams. Palmer was in­jured when his head slammed the turf on a sack by Aaron Don­ald. He orig­i­nally was eval­u­ated for con­cus­sion symp­toms by train­ers on the side­line, then taken to the locker room, not to re­turn.

Pan­thers line­backer Thomas Davis also left the game Sun­day with a ham­string in­jury early in the sec­ond half, and Carolina wide re­ceiver Devin Funchess left the game in the fourth quar­ter with a toe in­jury.

The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, who lost four starters last week, had three de­fend­ers go down in the team’s vic­tory over the Browns. Top pass rusher Ryan Ker­ri­gan left in the sec­ond quar­ter with an el­bow in­jury, fel­low line­backer Su’a Cravens left in the third with a con­cus­sion and safety David Bru­ton left in the fourth with a con­cus­sion.

It also was a dif­fi­cult day for play­ers in the sec­ondary.

The Ravens, who al­lowed four touch­down passes by Derek Carr, the last a game-win­ner with 2:12 re­main­ing, lost cor­ner­back Mau­rice Canady in the first quar­ter with a thigh in­jury. Safeties Eric Wed­dle and Lar­dar­ius Webb both un­der­went con­cus­sion pro­to­col in the fourth quar­ter, but were cleared to re­turn.

In the Jets’ 27-17 loss to Seat­tle, cor­ner­back Dar­relle Re­vis sus­tained a thigh in­jury in the fourth quar­ter and didn’t re­turn for New York, and right guard Brian Win­ters left in the sec­ond quar­ter with a head in­jury af­ter he slammed hel­mets with a Sea­hawks de­fender. Win­ters was also called for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness on the play.

DAVID T. FOSTER III — THE CHAR­LOTTE OB­SERVER VIA AP

Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam Newton lies on the turf as run­ning back Fozzy Whit­taker (43), ref­eree John Hussey (35) and Fal­cons de­fen­sive end O’Brien Schofield (54) look down af­ter a hit in the sec­ond half Sun­day in At­lanta.

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