Wild Card Weekend Gamethread

DrewDawg

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Didn't he point to his head and fall to the ground walking to the sideline?

The protocol is a joke. Maybe it doesn't matter, anyway - but the NFL should just stop pretending.
Getting hit hard does not necessarily mean he's concussed.
 

Byrdbrain

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Wow that was pretty impressive. I think the DBs underestimated his speed.
 

Deathofthebambino

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Getting hit hard does not necessarily mean he's concussed.
Also, "pointing to his head" is the universal sign in most sports, including football, to the sidelines that you want to be taken out of the game. Cam wasn't signaling that his head was fucked up.
 

Tony C

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this is a fun f-ing game. I know I'm supposed to hate Cam Newton, but it's hard to root against great.
 

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I don't know that he "fell to the ground" walking to the sideline. There was a trainer already on the field walking towards him, who probably told him to get down, because if he walks off under his own power, the Panthers have to burn a timeout to get Anderson on the field.
The way the trainer reacted he clearly didn't expect him to go down.
 

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It doesn’t, but getting destroyed, struggling to your feet, pointing to your head and then collapsing to your knees before you leave the field creates a presumption that something might be amiss.
I don't think the bolded part happened like you portray it. He was jogging off the field and tapping his helmet. That's the sign to the sidelines that you want to come out of the game. He was met by a trainer before he reached the sideline, who probably told him to "get down." If Cam reaches the sidelines on his own, then they would have had to burn a timeout in order to get Derek Anderson into the game. It was smart of Cam to go down when he did.
 

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Also, "pointing to his head" is the universal sign in most sports, including football, to the sidelines that you want to be taken out of the game. Cam wasn't signaling that his head was fucked up.
Right, but as I said above, in the context of the play as it unfolded and his reaction after - and the general shitiness of the NFL concussion protocol - it’s not unreasonable to ask questions.

Edit: and you may well be right about why he went down. But forgive me if I’m a bit cynical about how the NFL handles these things.
 

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You could take any of the four NFC wildcard teams and send them on the road against any of the four AFC wildcard teams, and the NFC team would probably be favored in every matchup.
 

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I can't believe my "Bortles will outrush the entire Saints team" prop is gonna pay off!
 

DrewDawg

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It doesn’t, but getting destroyed, struggling to your feet, pointing to your head and then collapsing to your knees before you leave the field creates a presumption that something might be amiss.
Absolutely. And a doc looked at him. If it's a complete farce, then some player is gonna spill the beans on it sooner or later and the NFL can't have that.

EDIT: Then again, it is the NFL.