Mike Pereira Comments on Referees’ Treatment of Cam Newton vs. Broncos

September 15, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With questions looming regarding whether proper concussion protocol was followed when Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a hit to the head late in the team's Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos, former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira called out the officials for mishandling the situation. 
According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Pereira said on PFT Live that Gene Steratore and his officiating crew should have mandated that Newton leave the field after the hit:
Certainly, I thought, 'Oh my God, the league is going to be upset that this is what happens in game No. 1.' What disappointed me the most was how they basically went against protocol with 36 seconds to go. The shot Cam took from Stewart on the offsetting fouls, protocol has Cam out of the game, and it starts with the referees.
The hit by safety Darian Stewart occurred with Carolina trailing by just one point late in the game, but Pereira made it clear that shouldn't have ...

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