The Carolina Panthers may have played themselves out of a potential run at the playoffs Monday night by falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17-14. They did so without quarterback Cam Newton, who is recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 4.
The loss stings and significantly hurts Carolina’s chances of making the postseason, but at least Newton seems to be getting better … even if not any more careful.
Now, this is both concerning and a positive sign. It’s a good thing because Newton is seemingly progressing in the league’s concussion protocol – at least enough to ride a scooter in traffic. However, it’s also somewhat worrisome that he’d be riding it without a helmet while recovering from a head injury.
Head coach Ron Rivera was asked about Newton's joyride on Tuesday, to which he said this: