10 Biggest Stories of 2010 NFL Season, No. 1: Concussions, Fines and Suspensions

January 22, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The No. 1 NFL story from the 2010 season is the new policy the NFL adopted regarding helmet-to-helmet hits.
This season saw an unusually high number of concussions.
The Eagles, for example, lost former All-Pro middle linebacker and expected franchise quarterback Kevin Kolb on concussions in the first half of the first game of the season.
Combined with the concussions, as well as the extreme amount of helmet-to-helmet hits around the league, the NFL announced that suspensions are now possible for helmet-to-helmet hits.
The final straw was a Week 6, in which
1) DeSean Jackson of the Eagles was knocked out cold on an illegal hit by the Falcons’ Dunta Robinson (which also injured Robinson);
2) Todd Heap of the Ravens took a vicious hit from Patriots’ safety Brandon Meriweather;
3) Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi of the Browns received illegal hits from Steelers linebacker James Harrison; and
4) Brandon Lloyd of the Broncos took a blow f...

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