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October 15, 2014

Benjamin dealing with post-concussion symptoms from Burfict hit

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 on Wednesday for trying to hurt Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen by twisting their ankles.

Burfict apparently was successful in injuring Panthers rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin, who is dealing with post-concussion symptoms following a hit by Burfict in Sunday's 37-37 tie at Cincinnati.

Burfict was penalized for unnecessary roughness for the second-quarter hit on Benjamin, who left the game following the 7-yard completion. Benjamin returned after missing two plays after passing the in-game concussion tests, according to Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

"That's the only reason he went back in the game," Rivera said.

Rivera said Benjamin came to the stadium with a headache Monday morning, and was placed in the concussion protocol. Rivera called it a "mild" concussion.

Benjamin, the first-round pick who leads the Panthers with 416 receiving yards, did not practice Wednesday. But Rivera did not rule him out of Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Rivera said he assumes Benjamin was injured on Burfict's hit, but Rivera didn't think it was a dirty play, calling it "aggressive."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 15, 2014 at 04:00 PM | Permalink


None of this foolishness happens if Steve Smith is on the field for the Panthers. No one player should ever try to pull these tactics on us again.

Posted by: Smitty | Oct 15, 2014 4:55:53 PM

Release Me!

I will take care of him... And Aaron Rodgers this Sunday.

- Kracken

Posted by: G Hardy | Oct 15, 2014 5:00:25 PM

You misspelled Kraken dumbass

Posted by: joe | Oct 15, 2014 5:09:56 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Oct 16, 2014 8:55:28 AM

ice up son!!

interesting that the cowboys RB gets fined more for stealing underwear. NFL is a mess.

Posted by: tony clifton | Oct 16, 2014 11:22:18 AM

He needs some crack also.

Posted by: The Cracken | Oct 16, 2014 4:35:07 PM

jesus H rivera's comments about pepper's are dumb....

"once they started throwing those kind of numbers out there....."

26 million over 3 years with 7.5 signing bonus? vs. 13 fully guaranteed for 1 year? in a year when we should have been contending?

what the eff is he talking about? gettleman effed up big time. there's no excusing it. he committed to a headcase when there were a BOATLOAD of elite pass rushers available for cheaper.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 16, 2014 6:21:45 PM

look for free samples of cammy juice at the BBQ event in uptown today and saturday.

have a great weekend.

Posted by: tony clifton | Oct 17, 2014 9:16:07 AM

Sorry guys, I have been watching alot of film and rehabing my ankle and ribs. Look for Cammy Cam Octoberfest juice. I have some BOGO coupons. Keep pounding!

Posted by: Cameron Newton | Oct 18, 2014 12:08:20 PM

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