NFL | Players' Union to Investigate How Panthers Handled Cam Newton in Opener

The NFL and its players union are dispatching separate tests into the Carolina Panthers' consistence with blackout convention after star quarterback Cam Newton took a hit to the head late in Thursday night's kickoff diversion against the Denver Broncos.

Under another arrangement together reported in July, Panthers could confront discipline from NFL official Roger Goodell on the off chance that it's found the restorative group didn't take after the convention. Every side will survey its discoveries and prescribe a disciplinary reaction. In the event that they can't concur, an outsider authority will direct a survey and issue a report.


The NFL noted in an announcement Sunday morning that "start of this procedure does not imply that we have seen any confirmation that the Protocol was connected dishonorably, yet essentially mirrors our commitment to guarantee the wellbeing and security of our players."

The examination gives both sides the capacity to audit archives and video and formally talk with all included gatherings, including the ATC spotters and unaffiliated neurotrauma specialist close by when Newton took a cap to the jaw from Broncos wellbeing Darian Stewart in the last moment of Thursday's diversion.

In a past explanation Friday morning, the association said the UNC and group doctor asked for video from spotters and audited the play while authorities sorted out punishments. "They closed there were no signs of a blackout that would require further assessment and the expulsion of the player from the amusement," that announcement said.

Potential discipline for a first infringement incorporates therapeutic instruction for group workers or restorative faculty included and a most extreme fine of $150,000 against the club. In the event that there are irritating conditions, an extra fine of no under $50,000 can be issued. On the off chance that the magistrate decides the group neglected to take after convention for aggressive reasons, he may require the relinquishment of draft picks and significantly more fines.

Newton got the Panthers in position for a diversion winning field objective endeavor, yet Graham Gano missed from 50 yards and the Broncos won 21-20.

The union declared on Twitter on Sunday morning it would dispatch a consistence examination. Before long, the group issued its announcement, saying it's focused on appropriate utilization of the convention and will start a survey of the medicinal group's reaction to guarantee it's by and large consistently connected over all groups.

Stewart was hailed on the play, yet the punishment was balanced by a deliberate establishing punishment against Newton. A man with information of the circumstance told USA TODAY Sports on Friday the association's survey of directing decided another head protector to-cap hit on Newton ought to have been hailed, against Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.