CHARLOTTE, NC – Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera laughed when asked Cam Newton riding a Segway-type scooter through downtown Charlotte on Monday without a helmet, while the quarterback was still in concussion protocol.
“I’m not going to worry about it,” Rivera said Tuesday. “The bottom line is he’s an adult. We will go from there.
Cam Newton is making good progress after a concussion. Proof:
Cam on a Segway type scooter today in downtown Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/3mQESjzNeE
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2016
Dr Gillian Hotz, director of the University of Miami concussion protocol at UHealth Sports Medicine, said Newton probably should have considered “alternative transport” during the protocol.
“Pretty high risk, especially without a helmet,” she told ESPN. “That would be a pretty high risk for the potential [to] falling and banging his head again near his other concussion. “
Rivera’s worry is to get the NFL MVP out of protocol and get his team back on track after a 1-4 start. backup quarterback Derek anderson started in Newton’s place in a 17-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Rivera did not rule out that Newton could train on Wednesday afternoon. The team had the day off on Tuesday.
Newton did soccer-specific work – running and throwing – on Monday, an indication that he is set to be cleared from protocol.
The next step to take would be a return to full participation.
“He had a good day on Monday,” Rivera said. “He trained with our coaching staff. He ran. He threw the ball. We had one of our kids with him, and he was running for him. He lifted.
“I don’t know how he is today. I haven’t had the chance to see him. But I do know [Monday] he did a lot, they put a lot on his table. Then we’ll see how he is. “
Newton suffered the concussion trying to score on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to Atlanta. He was not in the field all week.
Medics advised Newton not to attend Monday night’s game due to the excitement and adrenaline surrounding the contest. Anderson started off, completing 18 of 28 passing attempts for 278 yards. He had no touchdown passes and two interceptions.
The second interception came in the end zone on the first and the 1’s goal midway through the fourth quarter, with the score deadlocked at 14-14
“This is something that we have to correct as we go along,” Rivera said of eliminating the errors. “It starts with me and what can we do better.”