The National Football League needs to better protect Cam Newton from hits like the ones he took in the league's opening game Thursday night, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.
Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning league MVP, took multiple hits to his head from Denver Broncos defenders during the contest. The beating Newton took comes as more focus surrounds the NFL's handling of brain injuries in recent years as evidence suggests that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term health defects. The NFL has touted improvements to its concussion protocol, but some say the league has not gone far enough to protect players.
Referees on Thursday night called a penalty after one of the blows to Newton, but many watching the contest criticized the lack of a penalty call on at least one other hit. Newton also did not leave the game to get checked for a concussion after a defender's diving strike to his head in the final minutes of the contest.