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Rivera Says He's Discussing With NFL Ways To Protect Newton

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he's involved in discussions with the NFL and the NFL Players Association about ways to make sure league MVP Cam Newton is given the same protection in the pocket as other smaller quarterbacks.

Newton blasted NFL officiating following Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after taking a shot to his lower right leg from defensive tackle Calais Campbell as he was releasing the ball. Campbell was not flagged for the hit and the Panthers settled for a short field goal rather than an automatic first down.

Newton said after the game, "I could have torn my ACL."

"I would like to see our quarterback get those calls,"...