"It was self-explanatory. What needed to happen, happened," the QB said, via Joe Person of The Athletic "This game isn't fit for cheap shots like that."
Keanu Neal's replacement in Atlanta was kicked out in the second-quarter for an unnecessary roughness hit on Newton.
On fourth-and-4, Newton scrambled to pick up the first down. The QB slid in the open field. Kazee came flying in very late and struck Newton in the helmet.
The signal-caller showed no ill effects from the hit, throwing for 335 yards and three touchdowns in the loss, but his teammates were predictably upset after the game.
Kazee is subject to fine or potential suspension for the hit. The second-year safety was not fined for a preseason hit on Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marquise Lee, which resulted in a season-ending injury to the wideout.