NFL May Crack Down on Violent Hits

Player safety at fore after weekend of scary hits
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2010 5:06 PM CDT
NFL May Crack Down on Violent Hits
Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, right, and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson are helped after a hit during the first half Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Long a culture that rewarded hits that have come ever harder, the NFL is looking to crack down on players who deliver illegal or dangerous blows to fellow players. On the heels of several breathtaking instances this weekend, the AP reports that the league is considering suspensions or fines as a deterrent to "egregious and elevated dangerous hits," says one league official who's pushing for the changes.

The final decision lies with Roger Goodell, and the players' association isn't expected to object. "Obviously suspensions would be a much bigger deal than fining guys," says one player rep. "But if guys are headhunting out there to knock a guy out of the game, that's the only way to take care of it." Former safety Rodney Harrison agreed, saying, "You didn't get my attention when you fined me 5 grand, 10 grand, 15 grand. "You got my attention when I got suspended and I disappointed my teammates from not being there." (More NFL stories.)

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