The NFL said Tuesday that it will immediately begin suspending players for dangerous and flagrant hits that violate rules -- particularly those involving helmets -- but so far players were only taking hits to the wallet. It has been NFL policy to either fine or eject players from games for illegal hits, and so far that trend is continuing. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league wanted to give players fair warning before it begins suspensions for flagrant hits. He says a memo will go out to teams Wednesday about the changes in disciplinary action.
Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president of football operations, said Tuesday that suspensions will be in place for the coming weekend's games and could be handed out for hits that took place last Sunday.
On Tuesday morning before the NFL's announcement, Anderson told ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning": "We've got to get the message to players that these devastating hits and head shots will be met with a very necessary higher standard of accountability. We have to dispel the notion that you get one free pass in these egregious or flagrant shots."
I really dont know what to think of this story, ive watched football my whole life. The reason why its so popular is the hard hits, its a gladiator sport and thats why 98% of men like it. Its good there protecting the players health to the head but when the play is going so fast, its hard to watch out where your gonna hit someone. For example my favorite player for the Redskins is Laron Landry, a hard hitting safety. Would if a reciever goes over the middle and Landry doing his job lays him out with his helmet above the neck. He gets supspended for a week or maybe more, is football ruining what makes the game so great? Heres one of the hits that made the NFL decide on this policy. Desean Jackson got jacked up!