NFL Plans to Suspend Players For Big Hits: Is The League Going Too Far?

October 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL's vice president of football operations, Ray Anderson, reacted to several hits involving helmet-to-helmet contact this past weekend by releasing a statement on Monday saying, "You have to consider [suspensions] in flagrant-foul cases and egregious cases. Suspensions are not off the table, even for first-time offenders."
The hits in question were Atlanta Falcons' cornerback Dunta Robinson's hit on Philadelphia Eagles' receiver DeSean Jackson, New England Patriots' safety Brandon Meriweather's hit on Baltimore Ravens' tight end Todd Heap, and Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker James Harrison's hits on Cleveland Browns' receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi.
The league has already said via Greg Aiello that James Harrison's hit on Joshua Cribbs was legal, "The first hit [on Joshua Cribbs] was legal. The second [hit on Mohamed Massaquoi] will be reviewed."
What separates Harrison's hit on Cribbs from the other three hits is that Joshua Cribbs was execut...

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