CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - UPDATE: (12 p.m. 9/11/16) - The NFL and NFL Players' Association announced Sunday they're addressing the circumstances surrounding the decisions made by medical personnel during Thursday's season opener between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.
The NFL said they have initiated a review of the medical team's response to a late-game hit on Cam Newton by Broncos safety Darian Stewart that sent the reigning NFL MVP hard to the ground, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per an NFL spokesman.
"The NFL is committed to the proper application of the concussion protocol," the league spokesman said in a statement. "In order to ensure that it is being uniformly applied across all 32 NFL teams, we have decided to initiate a review of the medical team's response to the Cam Newton tackle, under the procedure set forth by the collective bargaining agreement. Under that procedure, representatives from the league and the players association will review the relevant documents and video and interview the involved parties to ensure that the protocol was applied properly. It is important to note that initiation of this process does not mean that we have seen any evidence that the protocol was applied improperly, but simply reflects our obligation to ensure the health and safety of our players."
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The question on everyone's mind - did the NFL make the right call to not pull Cam Newton from Thursday night's game?
People all over social media are questioning it. But both Coach Ron Rivera and the NFL said they made the right call and followed the right protocol.