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Goodell, Newton spoke on phone about QB hits

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Newton said the breaking point came in the second half of the Panthers' 30-20 victory over Arizona on Sunday when he took a hard shot to the knees. Newton said the hit bent his leg backward and could have torn a ligament. Rivera said at his Monday news conference that he fully supports Newton's complaints about not being fairly treated as a pocket passer. General Manager Dave Gettleman also spoke with the league office the day after Newton told reporters that "I don't even feel safe" out on the football field. "And enough is enough". "II think sometimes that might be part of the reason he doesn't get the calls he deserves or should get". There are several other plays that I personally would not call roughing, because they are borderline, where a defender hits Newton right after the release of the pass. It confirmed what I thought. "When you see stuff like that and you're a player, and you're going against a guy who's brass and kinda cocky, you're gonna want to give him a little extra juice".

Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert said Newton should stop complaining-"This is the game of football, if you're out there and you're scared to take a shot, then don't be out there"-but Newton is right: He does not get the same degree of protection from the officials as some other quarterbacks". Opponents haven't received a roughing-the-passer penalty against Newton this season, except for one that was offset by an intentional grounding penalty in the season opener at Denver. I'm sorry. I'll try to get it.' That's bullcrap.

"When (smaller quarterbacks) get hit, they roll around on the ground". I plan on talking to Commissioner (Roger) Goodell about this.

ESPN football analyst and former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb said Monday that he agrees "wholeheartedly" with Newton's comments. Hits to the head, that's one thing, but when you're not protected in the pocket, that's another thing.

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Rivera said he reached out to Goodell, and that he has discussed his concerns with the league multiple times. He characterized there being "an ongoing investigation" but said he didn't really know what was going on.

Blandino said that the league will address with the officials the missed call in order to "make sure that all of our quarterbacks are protected the same way under the rules".

"This is something that I work on every week, quite frankly". Was this included in that leaked "11 other quarterbacks have had more missed calls" number? Last night's game was disgusting and I know Thursday night's game will also be awful. Again, the league is looking into that. He ranks No. 25 in overall passing yards - with 200 yards less than Los Angeles quarterback Case Keenum.

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