When Case Keenum suffered a concussion during a November game in 2015, the St. Louis Rams quarterback stayed in the game for the final minute despite clear symptoms of a head injury. The league later called it a “system failure across the board” and vowed to make necessary changes to ensure a similar breakdown didn’t happen again.
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— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 9, 2016
“The game was never stopped,” Panthers Cornelius Lucas Jersey spokesman Steven Drummond told the Charlotte Observer. “We never got a call to the sideline and the independent neurologist never alerted us to stop the game.”
His teammates came to Newton’s defense Dan Orlovsky Jersey and argued that the league should’ve protected the quarterback more, but also said that he was fine to stay in the game.
“I think he was OK. He definitely got hit in the head. But when I went down and talked to him, he was fine,” Panthers tight end Greg Olsen told the Charlotte Observer. “He said, ‘Yeah, I’m good, I’m good. I’m just catching my breath.’ There was a penalty so we had time to collect ourselves. He’s a tough dude. We all know that by now.”
Newton later told reporters after the game that he passed concussion tests after the game and wouldn’t have been allowed to speak with the media otherwise.
Broncos LB Brandon Marshall, Colin Kaepernick’s college teammate, took a knee during the national anthem.
Marshall was Colin Kaepernick’s college teammate. “I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice.” Marshall discussed why he kneeled after the game.
“I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America,” Marshall said, according to Wolfe. “I’m against social injustice.”
Marshall played with Colin Kaepernick at Nevada, and according to Paul Klee of The Gazette, he supports Kaepernick and his ongoing protest during the national anthem.
“Kaep, he’s using his platform how he wants to use it, to reach the masses,” Marshall said. “We have freedom of speech. But then we use our platform, and we get bashed for it. It’s almost like they want us to only go with the grain. And once we go against the grain, it’s an issue.”