The NFL Players Association officially announced an investigation into the handling of multiple hits to the head of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the NFL’s opening game of the year.
While the NFLPA didn’t Ameer Abdullah Jersey release further details into the reasoning for its investigation, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported earlier on Sunday that the union was concerned by the lack of safeguards to ensure it was safe for Newton continue playing.
NFL.com’s Judy Battista also Barry Sanders Jersey said that while the cameras didn’t show Newton undergoing evaluation after the hit from Stewart, medical officials did go to him during a stoppage of play of just over two minutes.
While Newton did not suffer a concussion in the game, his father Cecil Newton told ESPN he was “grossly disturbed” by the hits and Newton’s agent Bus Cook told La Canfora that he was bothered by them as well.
If the NFL and NFLPA disagree over wrongdoing and punishment at the conclusion of the investigations, an independent arbitrator would be asked to determine punishment.
Gronkowski was limited in practice throughout the week and had been officially listed on the team’s injury report as questionable for Sunday’s game. He told reporters that his status for Sunday would be a coaches’ decision, and they have determined he’s not physically able to play.
In an unusual turn of events, especially for a Patriots player, Gronkowski even went so far as to admit that he was not 100 percent from the “hammy thing” he suffered in a joint practice against the Chicago Bears during training camp. The hamstring injury kept him sidelined for three weeks.
Gronk is the best tight end in the NFL, and after exceeding 1,000 receiving yards in each of his past two seasons, it’s clear that it’s impossible to duplicate what he brings to the Patriots offense. New England is in better shape at tight end, though, after signing Martellus Bennett this offseason. If Gronkowski isn’t at full strength, Bennett can help pick up the slack.
Last season in 11 games with the Bears, Bennett had 53 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns. In 2014, Bennett’s best season, he had 916 receiving yards and six touchdowns.