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Panthers Bench Cam Newton For First Play of SNF, And It Cost Them (Video)
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Carolina Panthers shocked everyone watching Sunday Night Football when they sent out backup quarterback Derek Anderson to take the game’s first snap under center.
At first, no one knew why Anderson was playing instead of Cam Newton. And while most of us were still trying to figure out what was going on, this happened:
Word got out moments later that it was a dress code violation that resulted in Newton being benched for the first play of the game. He returned for the team’s next offensive series.
Per the @SNFonNBC broadcast, Cam Newton broke a “minor team rule” and was taken off the field the first play. The result was not good.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2016
Based on some of the things Cam Newton has worn over the years, what the hell did he do to commit a “dress code violation”?
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 5, 2016
Cam Newton violated the team dress code by not wearing a tie, per source. #CARvsSEA
— Ashley Stroehlein (@ashstro) December 5, 2016