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The NFL could soon start suspending players for dangerous helmet-to-helment hits, vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told The Associated Press on Monday.

A day after several scary collisions in Sunday's games, Anderson acknowledged the league might need to do more than fining players to prevent such hits.

"There's strong testimonial for looking readily at evaluating discipline, especially in the areas of egregious and elevated dangerous hits," he said in a phone interview. "Going forward there are certain hits that occurred that will be more susceptible to suspension. There are some that could bring suspensions for what are flagrant and egregious situations."

Anderson said the NFL could make changes in its approach immediately, with Commissioner Roger Goodell having the final say. League officials will consult with the union, but he didn't expect any opposition.

The Eagles' DeSean Jackson and the Falcons' Dunta Robinson were knocked out of their game Sunday after a frightening helmet-to-helmet collision, while Steelers linebacker James Harrison sidelined two Browns players with head injuries after jarring hits.

Anderson wouldn't speculate on how any players would be punished for hits from Sunday's games.

"The fundamentally old way of wrapping up and tackling seems to have faded away," he said. "A lot of the increase is from hits to blow guys up. That has become a more popular way of doing it. Yes, we are concerned they are getting away from the fundamentals of tackling, and maybe it has been coached that way. We're going to have to look into talking to our coaches."



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Yesterday was ridiculous with the helmet-to-helmet contact.

I've never really been against penalizing players for helmet to helmet and have never been a fan of the term "dirty" hit and I never thought I'd say this but I think I'm siding with Goodell on this one.
 

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Tito. said:
Yesterday was ridiculous with the helmet-to-helmet contact.

I've never really been against penalizing players for helmet to helmet and have never been a fan of the term "dirty" hit and I never thought I'd say this but I think I'm siding with Goodell on this one.
 

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People get hit all the time, I even said in the Week 6 thread that I didn't think anything of the hit.

But there were like 5 helmet-to-helmet plays yesterday, each resulting in someone leaving the field.
 

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I hate to say it because I like to let the players play, but I have to side with Goodell on this one. These helmet-to-helmet hits are too much. Concussions are becoming a big thing in the NFL now. This week in football(college and NFL) I counted at least 8 helmet-to-helmet hits where players where taken out of the game. One of them being LeGrand from Rutgers which he is now paralyzed and football career is over. A rule needs to be put down which causes less helmet-to-helmet hits.
 

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I hate to say it because I like to let the players play, but I have to side with Goodell on this one. These helmet-to-helmet hits are too much. Concussions are becoming a big thing in the NFL now. This week in football(college and NFL) I counted at least 8 helmet-to-helmet hits where players where taken out of the game. One of them being LeGrand from Rutgers which he is now paralyzed and football career is over. A rule needs to be put down which causes less helmet-to-helmet hits.
that legrand hit was scary/ i was shocked watching it.
 

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★iGotToShine said:
I hate to say it because I like to let the players play, but I have to side with Goodell on this one. These helmet-to-helmet hits are too much. Concussions are becoming a big thing in the NFL now. This week in football(college and NFL) I counted at least 8 helmet-to-helmet hits where players where taken out of the game. One of them being LeGrand from Rutgers which he is now paralyzed and football career is over. A rule needs to be put down which causes less helmet-to-helmet hits.

^^^^only rule is no hitting at all

players are to fast and big to stop themselves in blink of a eye,,,,,
 

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^^^^only rule is no hitting at all

players are to fast and big to stop themselves in blink of a eye,,,,,
It's not fair that an offensive player has to be critically injured and out for an extended period of time while the defender gets nothing.

Yes, helmet to helmet is almost always incidental, but that doesn't mean there should be no reprucussions.
 

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It's not fair that an offensive player has to be critically injured and out for an extended period of time while the defender gets nothing.

Yes, helmet to helmet is almost always incidental, but that doesn't mean there should be no reprucussions.
did the guy who hit d-jack leave the game do to that hit ?

I've seen defensive players get knocked out from the hits as well

so.....
 

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august4th said:
did the guy who hit d-jack leave the game do to that hit ?

I've seen defensive players get knocked out from the hits as well

so.....
Yes but there were like five hits yesterday.

One defender leaves the game out of five, huh? So now everything's okay?

Are you okay?
 

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so you never seen the hitters leave games do to hits ?

and like I said

no rule or fine will stop the hits.....hits have been in the game for over 50 years.....

and players on both sides of the ball have suffered major injuries from hits

just look at andre waters



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august4th said:
so you never seen the hitters leave games do to hits ?

and like I said

no rule or fine will stop the hits.....hits have been in the game for over 50 years.....

and players on both sides of the ball have suffered major injuries from hits
I've seen a lot more offensive players leave than defensive players. The ratio isn't even close to even.

Suspend players a game and see what happens.
 
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