The NFL opener was a good game.
But I'm having trouble enjoying it. Because Cam Newton was hit in the head multiple times in this game.
It wasn't penalized until the last, worst offense.
Newton never missed a single play.
Cam Newton remains in the game after taking blow to the skull: pic.twitter.com/1wDUXWisCG— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 9, 2016
Also don't forget this hit earlier, where the guy jumped to try to hit Cam with his helmet https://t.co/gj20cBK9Wc— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 9, 2016
Penalty yards assessed = how much the NFL actually cares about player safety. https://t.co/YjZAcY0Bxg— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) September 9, 2016
The NFL has a concussion protocol unless it’s an important moment— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 9, 2016
All the talk about head injuries the past few years. Nothing has changed.
Why do I care? I'm not a Panthers or Broncos fan, I prefer college to the NFL, etc.
But I like football. And head injuries are a serious, serious safety issue in the sport. They could be the death of it. They certainly have affected players. The culture of the sport needs to change--leading with the head, the way Broncos players did several times tonight, should never happen.
And guys that get hit that hard should not be in the game. Even if it's a one-point game with two minutes to go.
Nothing has changed.