Cam Newton reportedly suffered knee injury in loss to Saints

Cam Newton reportedly suffered knee injury in loss to Saints

As the National Football League and players union continues their probe of the Carolina Panthers' handling of Cam Newton last weekend, they have another factor to consider - a knee injury to the Panthers' quarterback.

However, the NFL's new rule - which was implemented nine days prior - states: "A player who exhibits gross motor instability or significant loss of balance must be taken to the locker room for evaluation if it is not diagnosed as an orthopedic injury".

With 8:26 left in the 31-26 loss to New Orleans, Newton went down after a hit by Saints backup defensive tackle David Onyemata. The NFL reportedly learned of his knee injury while interviewing Panthers officials over the phone this week.

Saints G Andrus Peat, who will be placed on IR, got some relatively good news from his MRI: He has a broken fibula and a high-ankle sprain, source said.

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Newton originally claimed he was poked in the eye on the play.

Earlier this year, the Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 after quarterback Russell Wilson was not properly tested. Hopefully they'll get the pieces around him to be successful.

Trainers checked out Newton's knee a couple times during the game, although the injury will not require surgery, the source said. According to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, however, the reason Newton stumbled may have been due to a knee injury and not necessarily a head injury. The quarterback was evaluated on the sideline for a concussion, but he only missed one offensive play before returning.

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