Newton wasn't what was wrong with the Panthers in Sunday's 31-26 loss to New Orleans in an NFC wild-card game.
The Panthers QB struggled to get to his feet before collapsing as he made his way towards the sidelines to get checked out by team doctors.
The league and the players union changed its concussion protocol last month after Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage returned to the field after having a concussion that left the quarterback's hands shaking after a hit. "That was a pass play where it was kind of tight window to put that ball in and yet he knows exactly where it's coming and he's able to come up with a big catch that keeps that drive going and we get seven points on that one as well".
"It was precautionary concussion protocol, but it wasn't my head".
"This "Cam Newton's visor poked him in the eye" is the greatest storyline in the history of sports", Nowinski said. My helmet had came down low enough over my eye lid and got pressed by a player's stomach, I believe. Backup quarterback Derek Anderson took over under center while Newton was examined in the medical tent on the Panthers' sideline.
With the Panthers in position for their first lead, Newton was called for intentional grounding, which cost 13 yards, a loss of down and a 10-second runoff.
With Thomas and the 2017 addition of rookie sensation Alvin Kamara, the Saints have the best set of playmakers around quarterback Drew Brees in quite some time.
Now, he said he's just preparing for that next game. I thought the quarterback was out of the pocket.
"You can't be more happy about the way we played in terms of how we finished", said Jordan, the All-Pro defensive end. Devin Funchess lost track of the throw in the final minute, or something.
"He said, 'do you want to go for it or punt?' I said, 'do you have a play you like?' and he said 'Yeah.' So, I said, 'let's go for it.' End of discussion".
"This win is special", Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said.
"I think when you play defensively, you look at the games past and you look at: 'Hey, what can we take away that hurt us in the first two games?"
The Saints defense is also better than in past years and it will take a hell of an effort by Carolina to win this one, especially inside a noisy dome filled with crazed fans.
The Panthers have held the Saints' rushing attack in check in the first half (seven carries, 14 yards), something that really plagued Carolina in both regular-season meetings with the Saints.
"I've been telling you all year that you don't sleep on Drew", New Orleans running back Mark Ingram said after the game.
"He was a lot like me", said Johnson, who came out of Southern Cal with more fanfare as the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Cleared to return for the next series, Newton completed his next five passes after the injury.