The Carolina Panthers aren't clear at this point whether Cam Newton will be cleared from the concussion protocol in time for next Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton suffered the concussion when he took a legal helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones during a two-point conversion run in Sunday's 48-33 loss to Atlanta.
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Players typically aren't cleared from the protocol for at least six to seven days because of the amount of testing they have to go through, the story said. Having an extra day between games gives Newton a chance if the concussion isn't major. Owners should certainly have a backup plan especially since the game is Monday night.