CHARLOTTE - Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was unsure of quarterback Cam Newton's status for the team's next game, on Monday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I have no idea," Rivera said Monday. "It's tough to answer the questions. I don't want to say something that would go against what the trainers or doctors are saying."
Newton suffered a concussion in the Panthers' loss at Atlanta Sunday afternoon.
Rivera told the media Monday he had only briefly spoken to Newton after the game.
"I said how are you doing? And he said, 'I'm fine," Rivera said.
Rivera mentioned he would speak to trainers and Newton after his meeting with the media and would know more on his status for the Tampa game.
The next media availability is on Wednesday.
The blow came during the second half of the Panthers' 48-33 loss to the Falcons, as Newton eased up when crossing the goal line on a two-point try.
Defensive back Deion Jones delivered a big hit, and the two players' helmets collided.
"If I was playing, I would have taken the shot," said Rivera, a former NFL linebacker.
Newton staggered, and got the ball across the goal line to get the two points, but stayed on the ground for several seconds before being taken to the locker room for further evaluation.
Many have criticized Newton for not running full speed in to the end zone, leaving himself vulnerable to a big hit.
"I have not asked him about it," Rivera said. "So I couldn't tell you what he was thinking."
Derek Anderson filled in and was 17-of-23 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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