Panthers WR Brandon LaFell, who took big hit vs. CHI but went back in game, has concussion. Ron Rivera said he passed protocol during game.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 31, 2012
After being crushed by a big hit during Sunday’s loss in Chicago and passing the post game concussion test Brandon LaFell has been diagnosed with a concussion and missed today’s practice.
How LaFell passed the initial test will be a point of contention for the league offices, as several teams have come under fire for their handling of concussion riddled players — RG3 and Larry Fitzgerald being two prime examples.
If LaFell is unable to go — highly probable at this point — an already thin Panthers WR corps gets weaker. Owners of both Cam Newton and Steve Smith should beware. The Panthers have had trouble passing the ball consistently all season. Louis Murphy is the most likely candidate to step in opposite of Smith on Sunday.