NFL Rules: Penalizing “Devastating Hits” Is Confusing

November 5, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As I have not quite decided on what format to use with this column, I played around with a couple of different ideas until I got it right. This week, I decided to cover a topic that has raised feelings in so many forms, from thankfulness to disgust, total agreement to outright anger.
You have probably guessed by now that we are going to be discussing...the NFL's comments that came out Monday, stating that there would be an announcement by Wednesday that "players will be suspended for devastating hits and head shots."
As stated by Chris Mortensen, the senior NFL analyst for ESPN, the NFL will announce by Wednesday that effective this weekend, even first-time offenders face suspension for “devastating hits” and “head shots,” according to Ray Anderson, the league's Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
“We can't and won't tolerate what we saw Sunday,” Anderson said Monday. “We've got to get the message to players that the...

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