On Thursday September 8th at Sports Authority Field, Cam Newton got hit in the head multiple times by the Broncos’ defense, causing the NFL to call concussion agreements.
With these hits there was a lot of controversy about the Broncos’ defense. Bronco’s linebacker Brandon Marshall said, “When I think of dirty, I think of stepping on somebody’s ankle at the bottom of a pile (or) twisting somebody around. Stuff like that. We just play hard, man. We hit hard. We play fast. We play faster than any defense in the league.”
Cam Newton didn’t think that the hard hits caused them to lose, but some of his teammates were not happy. Their linebacker, Thomas Davis, said, “Do you see them calling it”? Recently the NFL fined Darian Stewart and Brandon Marshall, two of the Broncos’ defense players, for the hits on Cam Newton.
However, even though they think they were playing fair, they clearly got a few head shots on Cam Newton. Without the controversy, the NFL might not have called the new concussion protocols. They didn’t take Cam Newton out of the game when the Broncos’ defense hit him multiple times; as a result, he could have gotten even more head damage.
The new protocols require that, when a possible concussion is found, the player shall be removed immediately. The NFL team physician and the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant (UNC) will either review the play or do a focused neurological examination if the player has a confirmed hit. If the player doesn’t have a concussion, he will be watched during game play to see if he is looking a little off.
Should we start talking about these hits and what it means for concussions in the game?
Sources: Fox News and Sports Illustrated
Photo credit: Boston Herald