Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Panthers MVP Newton out after getting concussed

ATLANTA — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a concussion in Sunday's 48-33 loss to the Falcons, the team announced.

Newton was taken to the locker room to be checked after he took a big shot by Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones on a successful two-point conversion try in the fourth quarter.

Newton did something he said last season he would never do again — he slowed before reaching the goal line. That gave Jones a free shot at Newton, who bounced a yard or two back from the helmet-to-helmet hit, maintained his balance and reached the ball across the goal line to cut the Panthers' deficit to 34-18.

Derek Anderson replaced Newton on the next offensive series.

The Panthers' medical staff is under review by the NFL and NFL Players Association for its handling of Newton following a huge collision on a late drive in Week 1 at Denver. In that one, Newton was allowed to remain in the game despite staying on the ground for about 30 seconds after Broncos safety Darian Stewart drilled him.

Scuffle before Bills-Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Several punches were thrown when a shoving match erupted between Bills and Patriots players near the sideline about an hour before their game Sunday.

The altercation appeared to begin when Patriots starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett was jogging along the field and was shoved by Bills safety Robert Blanton. Brissett didn't stop, and New England rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell retaliated by shoving Blanton.

Blanton responded by punching Mitchell in the chest and head-butting him, which led to several other players and assistant coaches getting involved. Bills safety Aaron Williams shoved a Patriots assistant coach attempting to separate the players.

As the scuffles began to dissipate, Buffalo cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman landed a punch on Mitchell's facemask.

Jets' ship sinking?: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was downright frustrated — by another tough loss and increasing questions about his struggling quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three more interceptions, giving him nine in two games, in New York's loss to Seattle.

"I am shocked," a dejected Marshall said. "I expect more out of our offense."

Marshall, however, insisted that his confidence in Fitzpatrick has not wavered, even with the Jets 1-3 and staring at the season possibly spiraling with road games up next against Pittsburgh and Arizona, and he seemed to grow tired of questions about the quarterback.

"I am. Going down. In a boat. With Ryan Fitzpatrick. Okay? You got it?" said Marshall, measuring his words. "So can you not ask me any more questions about that? I am. Going down. In a boat. With No. 14."

Palmer down: Arizona lost quarterback Carson Palmer early in the fourth quarter against Los Angeles. Palmer was injured when his head slammed the turf on a sack by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He originally was evaluated for concussion symptoms by trainers on the sideline, then taken to the locker room, not to return.

Injuries: Washington's top pass rusher, Ryan Kerrigan, left in the second quarter with an elbow injury, fellow linebacker Su'a Cravens left in the third quarter with a concussion and safety David Bruton left in the fourth with a concussion. The Ravens lost cornerback Maurice Canady in the first quarter with a thigh injury. Jets and former Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis sustained a thigh injury in the fourth quarter and right guard Brian Winters left in the second with a head injury after he slammed helmets with a Seahawks defender. Winters was also called for unnecessary roughness on the play.

Number of the day

12,293 Career rushing yards for Frank Gore of the Colts. He had 68 Sunday, passing Marcus Allen (12,243 yards) and two former Colts, Edgerrin James (12,246) and Marshall Faulk (12,279) to move into 10th in NFL history.

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