For most perennial starting quarterbacks, NFL exhibition play serves as more of a dress rehearsal than anything.
Although, for Cam Newton, a few extra yards was apparently important, and it cost him. Newton took off running on the team’s first drive of Friday’s game, when he was leveled by two Patriots players. It resulted in a fumble, which Christian McCaffrey recovered.
The hit knocked Newton out of the game, as he made his way to a blue medical tent. It’s unclear what he was being treated for exactly, but he did appear to land awkwardly on his head and neck, and did not return.