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A great opening night game was spoiled by the NFL's negligence that put one of its best players at risk.

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Broncos beat the Panthers, 21-20, in the Super Bowl matchup we all wish happened in February. It was a close, hard-fought game, and the Broncos came out on top.

Unfortunately, a good football game was overshadowed by some terrible officiating. Officials didn't call a number of head shots on Cam Newton, helmet-to-helmet hits that are illegal. When they finally did call one, it was offset by an intentional grounding penalty.

Worse, Panthers coaches and team doctors and the independent concussion spotter in the booth did nothing to pull Newton out of the game and assess whether or not he might have a concussion, despite him clearly suffering from a head shot in the fourth quarter. Teams that violate the concussion protocol are now subject to fines or even lost draft picks; we'll see if that holds true for the Panthers.

So, yeah, the NFL still puts up a lot window dressing about head injuries, but it's still hard to take anything they say seriously.

The NFL doesn’t protect Cam Newton like other QBs, says Thomas Davis. Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says he doesn’t think 6-5, 260-pound quarterback Cam Newton is extended the same protection as other NFL quarterbacks because of his size.


Broncos LB Brandon Marshall, Colin Kaepernick's college teammate, took a knee during the national anthem.
Marshall was Colin Kaepernick's college teammate. "I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice." Marshall discussed why he kneeled after the game.

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