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The NFL and NFL Players Association are conducting a joint review into how the Carolina Panthers handled the concussion protocol as it related to a fourth-quarter hit on quarterback Cam Newton in Sunday's NFC playoff loss at New Orleans. The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 by the NFL last month for their handling of a concussion evaluation of quarterback Russell Wilson after the league and players' union determined that the protocols had not been followed properly in that case.

But the Panthers' announced Newton instead was tested for a concussion in the blue sideline tent, cleared and permitted to return to the game. - after missing only one play. "I appreciate him. So I'm gonna send him some sauce", Jordan said after the game, via ESPN.

The Bills had not featured in the play-offs since losing 22-16 at this stage in 1999, and had not reached the divisional round since 1995. Any player showing "gross or sustained vertical instability" following a hit is now required to be evaluated for a concussion in the locker room, according to the NFL's updated concussion protocol.

The changes came in conjunction with a decision not to punish the Houston Texans for their handling of a concussion suffered by quarterback Tom Savage.

Rivera did not believe Newton had not demonstrated any post-concussion symptoms Monday.

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This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol. Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.

According to the National Football League, this required the player to be removed from the field for examination in a locker room. He said after the game the issue was with his eye, not his head. "We romped him good".

"We tried to force him to be uncomfortable, we tried to force him to make errors, and I don't think he made many", Jordan said.

'I know it was precautionary things for a concussion, but it wasn't a hit to the head it was my eye, ' he said.

When a reported noted that Jordan's sauce comment was a callback to Newton's joke, Jordan said, "Petty, right?"

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