Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Most days, the NFL doesn’t know what constitutes a catch. Other days, the league appears to not be as strict about their concussion protocol as it should be. Whatever the case may be, however, the NFL says the Carolina Panthers did nothing wrong during their wild-card loss to the Saints.

But, what did their investigation determine instead? Well, it’s all right here:

  • Newton sustained an injury to his right eye.
  • When Newton took a knee as he was walking off the field, he did so at the direction of multiple members of the Panthers’ sideline coaching and medical staffs.
  • Newton did not display “gross motor instability,” which would have necessitated a locker room evaluation in the concussion protocol.
  • The medical team acted with an abundance of caution.

The Panthers would go on to lose the game, of course. But one series after taking the hit, Newton would return. Obviously this raised some questions, but it appears—at least according to the NFL itself—that everything is on the up and up. This wouldn’t be the first time in which this wasn’t the case, of course. But at the same time, there’s no reason to lie about it now. After all, the Panthers are out of the playoffs.

Still, are you buying it?

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This article first appeared on The Sports Post and was syndicated with permission.

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