METAIRIE, La. - Cameron Jordan made good on his promise to send a bottle of wine to longtime rival Cam Newton as a mocking thank-you gesture after the New Orleans Saints completed a three-game sweep of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was assessed at pitchside - and the Panthers said on their Twitter account he was "evaluated for a concussion and cleared". One of those modifications came into play Sunday with Newton: The change requires any player who falls or stumbles after suffering a potential head injury to be taken to the locker room for a concussion evaluation.
According to the National Football League, this required the player to be removed from the field for examination in a locker room. As he walked to the sideline, Newton went down to the ground, where he pointed to his eye as trainers checked him out. He was replaced by Derek Anderson, and, as he moved toward the sideline, Newton went to the ground and appeared to be pointing toward his right eye.
The Bills had not featured in the play-offs since losing 22-16 at this stage in 1999, and had not reached the divisional round since 1995.
Newton said after the game the problem was with his eye, not a head injury.
This isn't the first time the Panthers have been investigated for how it has handled the protocol.
The Panthers later announced that Newton had been cleared to return to the game after being evaluated for a possible concussion.
According to Fox Sports' Chris Myers on the broadcast, Newton's visor poked him in the eye, a odd explanation following a crushing blow. Although Newton had eight carries for 37 yards, he threw the ball 40 times, and the Saints feel better about him throwing than running.
Rivera did not believe Newton had not demonstrated any post-concussion symptoms Monday.
"I was actually talking more to the other Kalil brother", Jordan said after the game. He was surprised to see Newton return to the game, he said.
"Carolina picked him, so the brothers could reunite", Jordan said. "We're going to send him a nice little bottle of Jordan wine".
"I hate that I couldn't do enough to get a win today for a lot of guys I think highly of", Newton said.