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Cam Newton ‘not worried’ about officiating this week

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took some big hits on Sunday, including this one from Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, but said after the game he wasn’t worried about them, or officiating, this week because the Panthers won.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took some big hits on Sunday, including this one from Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, but said after the game he wasn’t worried about them, or officiating, this week because the Panthers won. TNS

Despite taking a few hard hits and getting sacked five times, neither Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nor his head coach had much to say about the officiating in Carolina’s 13-10 victory on Sunday.

“I’ll have to go back and watch the tape,” said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

Newton was asked postgame if he felt he received “better treatment” from the referees this week, after publicly ranting against non-calls in Carolina’s game against Arizona last week. He said at the time that “he felt unsafe” after not getting a whistle for a low hit that he said “could have torn his ACL.”

He also spoke on the phone with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the matter.

But it seems he is no longer focused on it.

“I’m not worried about that,” he said. “Just trying to find ways to win the football...I’m just happy we won the football game.”

Carolina Panthers tight and Greg Olsen says the team would like to start stringing a few more wins together. The Panthers beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-10 on Sunday.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071, @jourdanrodrigue

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