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The complete list of hits in the NFL player safety video

As we’ve previously mentioned, the NFL required every player on all 32 teams to watch a training video with examples of hits that are illegal and hits that are OK. Here’s a complete list of the nine hits shown in the video:

1. Panthers safety Sherrod Martin on Giants tight end Kevin Boss. Martin wasn’t penalized but was fined $5,000. Boss, who suffered a concussion on the play, said this week that he supports the NFL’s increased emphasis on player safety.

2. Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis on Browns tight end Evan Moore. Lewis was flagged and fined; Moore got a concussion.

3. Browns safety T.J. Ward on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley. Ward got a penalty and a $15,000 fine, but he also got support from Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who praised Ward for “hitting him the way we teach him.”

4. Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. Both players suffered concussions in the collision; Robinson was penalized and fined $50,000. Narrating the video, NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Ray Anderson says, “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”

5. Steelers linebacker James Harrison on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. The collision, which didn’t draw a penalty flag, concussed Massaquoi and brought Harrison a $75,000 fine, the largest fine in the league this season.

6. Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather on Ravens tight end Todd Heap. “This play is inexcusable. Severe discipline will result in these types of illegal hits,” Anderson said while narrating the video. Meriweather was flagged and fined $50,000.

7. Bears receiver and special teams player Earl Bennett on Seahawks punter Jon Ryan. “Now take a look at some positive plays,” Anderson says while Bennett’s hit is being shown. “These plays show hard, effective hits can be delivered within the rules. A punter pursuing on a kick play is a defenseless player under the rule. The Chicago player avoids an illegal hit by going shoulder-to-chest, yet delivers a solid blow that takes the punter out of the play. Nice adjustment made here to play within the rules and avoid blowing an opponent up.” It probably comes as news to Ryan that Bennett avoided blowing him up, considering that Bennett’s block sent Ryan flying and left him lying on the field for several minutes with a rib injury.

8. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on Jets tight end Dustin Keller. “A great player making a great play,” Anderson said. “No launching, no neck or head impact, clean football, proper technique that minimizes the risk to the opponent.”

9. Chiefs safety Jarrad Page on Giants receiver Steve Smith. This play, from 2009, is a textbook example of the officials failing to properly apply the rules: It drew a 15-yard penalty on Page for unnecessary roughness even though Anderson now calls it “An effective result, accomplished within the rules.” Page said last year that the NFL sent him a letter apologizing for the penalty, but Page added, “It doesn’t do us any good now.” Smith wasn’t hurt on the play.

So there you have it: Nine collisions, six dirty and three clean according to the NFL. Four of the six dirty hits drew penalty flags, as did one of the three clean hits. We’re sure all 18 players involved in the hits were the stars of their respective teams’ meeting rooms this week.

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  1. Strick says: Oct 22, 2010 9:17 AM

    Does it include hits that SHOULD have been called, but weren’t?
    Like (just to pluck an example completely at random) the blatant helmet-to-helmet hit (and FACEMASK!) inflicted on Aaron Rodgers by Michael Adams in last years’ playoffs?
    Yeah… still bitter!

  2. Strick says: Oct 22, 2010 9:17 AM

    Does it include hits that SHOULD have been called, but weren’t?
    Like (just to pluck an example completely at random) the blatant helmet-to-helmet hit (and FACEMASK!) inflicted on Aaron Rodgers by Michael Adams in last years’ playoffs?
    Yeah… still bitter!

  3. mike_311 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    Im confused…
    basically just keep playing football and hope you don’t get suspended…

  4. mike_311 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    Im confused…
    basically just keep playing football and hope you don’t get suspended…

  5. urbusted says: Oct 22, 2010 9:21 AM

    I think the NFL has gone down a road that in the not too distant future they will wish they hadn’t. It’s obvious that the refs don’t even know the rules.

  6. urbusted says: Oct 22, 2010 9:21 AM

    I think the NFL has gone down a road that in the not too distant future they will wish they hadn’t. It’s obvious that the refs don’t even know the rules.

  7. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 22, 2010 9:23 AM

    “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”
    WRONG. The receiver CAUGHT THE FREAKING PASS!!!! He had the ball and got creamed. There is no way this hit was illegal any way you look at it. If you ban this hit, then you should ban the route across the middle because it is BS. I agree with Urlacher…put flags on them if this hit is illegal. Because if you can’t hit a receiver who just made a catch, then you really are making the game impossible for DBs to play.

  8. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 22, 2010 9:23 AM

    “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”
    WRONG. The receiver CAUGHT THE FREAKING PASS!!!! He had the ball and got creamed. There is no way this hit was illegal any way you look at it. If you ban this hit, then you should ban the route across the middle because it is BS. I agree with Urlacher…put flags on them if this hit is illegal. Because if you can’t hit a receiver who just made a catch, then you really are making the game impossible for DBs to play.

  9. rfoster75 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:29 AM

    I haven’t seen them all, but Robinson and Harrison’s hit’s make me laugh. The NFL is clueless, and doing this just to justify an 18 game schedule. These were enormous fines for hits that are borderline–Especially Robinson’s hit on Jackson.

  10. rfoster75 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:29 AM

    I haven’t seen them all, but Robinson and Harrison’s hit’s make me laugh. The NFL is clueless, and doing this just to justify an 18 game schedule. These were enormous fines for hits that are borderline–Especially Robinson’s hit on Jackson.

  11. Opie says: Oct 22, 2010 9:31 AM

    We’ll start pre-printing the apology letters, the policy is penalize first, review after the game and issue written apologies if the officials are wrong. Any player suspended for making a clean hit will be given a gift certificate to the Sky Mall magazine to make up for the missed compensation.

  12. Opie says: Oct 22, 2010 9:31 AM

    We’ll start pre-printing the apology letters, the policy is penalize first, review after the game and issue written apologies if the officials are wrong. Any player suspended for making a clean hit will be given a gift certificate to the Sky Mall magazine to make up for the missed compensation.

  13. FloriosNeighbor says: Oct 22, 2010 9:32 AM

    What a waste of time and resources. Almost any of the clean plays would become dirty based on a different reaction from the offensive player.
    Best advice to defensive players … feel free to hit dirty but if you hurt someone, expect a fine.
    // Looks to me like Ray launches on his example. He certainly leaves his feet. (Saw it on SportsCenter last night)

  14. FloriosNeighbor says: Oct 22, 2010 9:32 AM

    What a waste of time and resources. Almost any of the clean plays would become dirty based on a different reaction from the offensive player.
    Best advice to defensive players … feel free to hit dirty but if you hurt someone, expect a fine.
    // Looks to me like Ray launches on his example. He certainly leaves his feet. (Saw it on SportsCenter last night)

  15. birdmancometh says: Oct 22, 2010 9:34 AM

    OK fine, but now what can they do about that horrible “fair” call on the bunt last night? I mean how many good calls can the Phillies get?

  16. birdmancometh says: Oct 22, 2010 9:34 AM

    OK fine, but now what can they do about that horrible “fair” call on the bunt last night? I mean how many good calls can the Phillies get?

  17. lichnor says: Oct 22, 2010 9:36 AM

    Soooo…..break their ribs, shatter their leg, dislocated their shoulder……..just don’t give them a concussion?
    And this is going to make the game safer?

  18. lichnor says: Oct 22, 2010 9:36 AM

    Soooo…..break their ribs, shatter their leg, dislocated their shoulder……..just don’t give them a concussion?
    And this is going to make the game safer?

  19. whenharrywetsally says: Oct 22, 2010 9:38 AM

    Did they show broadcast film in the video or was it produced by Steve Sabol?
    They should have had a John Facenda soundalike narrating instead of Ray Anderson…

  20. whenharrywetsally says: Oct 22, 2010 9:38 AM

    Did they show broadcast film in the video or was it produced by Steve Sabol?
    They should have had a John Facenda soundalike narrating instead of Ray Anderson…

  21. The Hogster says: Oct 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    Dunta Robinson did not do anything illegal. He’s a buck 75, and Jackson only weighs 150 tops. Just a little on little BIG collision.

  22. The Hogster says: Oct 22, 2010 9:39 AM

    Dunta Robinson did not do anything illegal. He’s a buck 75, and Jackson only weighs 150 tops. Just a little on little BIG collision.

  23. Kaz says: Oct 22, 2010 9:41 AM

    3. Browns safety T.J. Ward on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley. Ward got a penalty and a $15,000 fine, but he also got support from Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who praised Ward for “hitting him the way we teach him.”
    Right, which is why it is so funny to hear the Browns fans are all up in arms over the Harrison hit. Two weeks ago they thought the NFL was too tough and applauded and supported head hunters.

  24. Kaz says: Oct 22, 2010 9:41 AM

    3. Browns safety T.J. Ward on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley. Ward got a penalty and a $15,000 fine, but he also got support from Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who praised Ward for “hitting him the way we teach him.”
    Right, which is why it is so funny to hear the Browns fans are all up in arms over the Harrison hit. Two weeks ago they thought the NFL was too tough and applauded and supported head hunters.

  25. roboninja says: Oct 22, 2010 9:45 AM

    #4 is the one I have the most problem with (although there are others). The receiver is defenseless and in the act of trying to make a catch??? You cannot hit that guy now? So you let him catch the ball, right? Offense wins. The NFL has just turned a bad corner; the golden goose might be cooked.

  26. roboninja says: Oct 22, 2010 9:45 AM

    #4 is the one I have the most problem with (although there are others). The receiver is defenseless and in the act of trying to make a catch??? You cannot hit that guy now? So you let him catch the ball, right? Offense wins. The NFL has just turned a bad corner; the golden goose might be cooked.

  27. somesome says: Oct 22, 2010 9:49 AM

    8. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on Jets tight end Dustin Keller. “THE greatEST DEFENSIVE player makES a great play,” Anderson said. “No launching, no neck or head impact, clean football, proper technique that minimizes the risk to the opponent.”
    … fixed that for y’a

  28. somesome says: Oct 22, 2010 9:49 AM

    8. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on Jets tight end Dustin Keller. “THE greatEST DEFENSIVE player makES a great play,” Anderson said. “No launching, no neck or head impact, clean football, proper technique that minimizes the risk to the opponent.”
    … fixed that for y’a

  29. Simon12345 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    I think with all this backlash, there are going to be a LOT fewer suspensions than people think. I think the NFL is just setting the stage to allow them to do something if someone does something really heinous. But I would be shocked to see more than 3 suspensions between now and the end of the year.
    Actually, that would be a good poll questions, or even a wager: “what’s the over/under on the number of suspensions that will be handed out for illegal hits between now and the end of the regular season?” Any guesses?

  30. Simon12345 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:52 AM

    I think with all this backlash, there are going to be a LOT fewer suspensions than people think. I think the NFL is just setting the stage to allow them to do something if someone does something really heinous. But I would be shocked to see more than 3 suspensions between now and the end of the year.
    Actually, that would be a good poll questions, or even a wager: “what’s the over/under on the number of suspensions that will be handed out for illegal hits between now and the end of the regular season?” Any guesses?

  31. StevieMo says: Oct 22, 2010 9:56 AM

    We’re going to have an epidemic of receivers pretending to be knocked out or writhing in pain to draw 15 yard penalties and probable ejections of the DB’s who hit them, particularly on passes across the middle or hits that take place right after the catch. It’s going to be World Cup Soccer (fake injuries, head holding, writhing) out there. Wait ’til you see it taking place every week.
    One suggestion to make this work, sort of: Any WR who lays motionless or writhes in pain after a big hit cannot come back into the game, period. That’s for player safety, too. He probably has a concussion and shouldn’t come back. None of this soccer crap, where the guy is back in the game 30 seconds later.

  32. StevieMo says: Oct 22, 2010 9:56 AM

    We’re going to have an epidemic of receivers pretending to be knocked out or writhing in pain to draw 15 yard penalties and probable ejections of the DB’s who hit them, particularly on passes across the middle or hits that take place right after the catch. It’s going to be World Cup Soccer (fake injuries, head holding, writhing) out there. Wait ’til you see it taking place every week.
    One suggestion to make this work, sort of: Any WR who lays motionless or writhes in pain after a big hit cannot come back into the game, period. That’s for player safety, too. He probably has a concussion and shouldn’t come back. None of this soccer crap, where the guy is back in the game 30 seconds later.

  33. derekinmadison says: Oct 22, 2010 9:58 AM

    I don’t see how they can fine for hits when the hits themselves didn’t even draw a flag. The refs need to throw flags on every single hit that they think is even remotely illegal to justify a fine IMO. A 15 yard penalty is small beans compared to suspensions and $75K fines. And how can Harrison’s fine be higher than Merriweather’s if Merriweather’s was “inexcusable”? that is just dumb.

  34. derekinmadison says: Oct 22, 2010 9:58 AM

    I don’t see how they can fine for hits when the hits themselves didn’t even draw a flag. The refs need to throw flags on every single hit that they think is even remotely illegal to justify a fine IMO. A 15 yard penalty is small beans compared to suspensions and $75K fines. And how can Harrison’s fine be higher than Merriweather’s if Merriweather’s was “inexcusable”? that is just dumb.

  35. sniperhare says: Oct 22, 2010 9:58 AM

    I really think some of the owners with marquee quarterbacks are trying to turn the NFL into the NBA on grass.
    We already had rules changed so the Colts could win, and BS roughing the passer flags (That only apply to Brady, Manning and a few others) when a defender will barely touch a QB and get the penalty.

  36. sniperhare says: Oct 22, 2010 9:58 AM

    I really think some of the owners with marquee quarterbacks are trying to turn the NFL into the NBA on grass.
    We already had rules changed so the Colts could win, and BS roughing the passer flags (That only apply to Brady, Manning and a few others) when a defender will barely touch a QB and get the penalty.

  37. nittanylion0 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:00 AM

    I was at the Giants/Panthers game to see hit #1 and I could not believe that play didn’t draw a flag. Especially after hearing before the regular season that they beefed up the defenseless reciever rules.
    @Chris Fiorentino: What’s hard to understand? A pass can be complete, but the receiver can still be caught defenseless while in the act of completing the catch. There are ways to make the hit or disrupt the catch without launching your body like a projectile.
    And yeah I didn’t buy the explanation for the Ray Lewis hit. He launched, but didn’t leave his feet. That example seemed to exist only for the league to go out of it’s way to acknowledge how great Ray Lewis is.

  38. nittanylion0 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:00 AM

    I was at the Giants/Panthers game to see hit #1 and I could not believe that play didn’t draw a flag. Especially after hearing before the regular season that they beefed up the defenseless reciever rules.
    @Chris Fiorentino: What’s hard to understand? A pass can be complete, but the receiver can still be caught defenseless while in the act of completing the catch. There are ways to make the hit or disrupt the catch without launching your body like a projectile.
    And yeah I didn’t buy the explanation for the Ray Lewis hit. He launched, but didn’t leave his feet. That example seemed to exist only for the league to go out of it’s way to acknowledge how great Ray Lewis is.

  39. Belichick for President says: Oct 22, 2010 10:01 AM

    Oh God we get it. Horse graveyard, meet Roger Goodell’s baseball bat.
    This itty bitty bad ass needs to get over himself. He’s not the big tough guy he pretends to be. Hey Roger, if you gave a DAMN about player safety, you wouldn’t be pushing for an 18 game regular season. Game, set, match.

  40. Belichick for President says: Oct 22, 2010 10:01 AM

    Oh God we get it. Horse graveyard, meet Roger Goodell’s baseball bat.
    This itty bitty bad ass needs to get over himself. He’s not the big tough guy he pretends to be. Hey Roger, if you gave a DAMN about player safety, you wouldn’t be pushing for an 18 game regular season. Game, set, match.

  41. righthereisay says: Oct 22, 2010 10:01 AM

    What a horrible week for Pro Football. Why can’t the NFL just come out and say Merriweather’s was the only bad hit. They do can’t admit fault when reviewing penalties on the NFL network. Gosh, it’s a frickin’ game, admit you were wrong, remove the fines with the exception of Merriweather, and move on.

  42. righthereisay says: Oct 22, 2010 10:01 AM

    What a horrible week for Pro Football. Why can’t the NFL just come out and say Merriweather’s was the only bad hit. They do can’t admit fault when reviewing penalties on the NFL network. Gosh, it’s a frickin’ game, admit you were wrong, remove the fines with the exception of Merriweather, and move on.

  43. sullijo says: Oct 22, 2010 10:04 AM

    I don’t care about fines and suspensions….the issue for me is the inability to be consistent with the penalty flag.
    Some flagged that weren’t, some not that were….I think THIS is what is going to outrage fans….

  44. sullijo says: Oct 22, 2010 10:04 AM

    I don’t care about fines and suspensions….the issue for me is the inability to be consistent with the penalty flag.
    Some flagged that weren’t, some not that were….I think THIS is what is going to outrage fans….

  45. The Black Man says: Oct 22, 2010 10:10 AM

    4. Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. Both players suffered concussions in the collision; Robinson was penalized and fined $50,000. Narrating the video, NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Ray Anderson says, “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”
    I thought the hit was legal. It happened fast but DeSean Jackson did have two hands on the ball and took a couple of steps before he was hit.
    I still blame Andy Reid for having slant plays for DeSean Jackson. When DeSean Jackson was catching the ball for 5 yds or less, he has been getting punished by strong safetys, linebackers, etc. Remember that hit Berry put on him in the preseason? DeSean Jackson is just too small.

  46. The Black Man says: Oct 22, 2010 10:10 AM

    4. Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. Both players suffered concussions in the collision; Robinson was penalized and fined $50,000. Narrating the video, NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Ray Anderson says, “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”
    I thought the hit was legal. It happened fast but DeSean Jackson did have two hands on the ball and took a couple of steps before he was hit.
    I still blame Andy Reid for having slant plays for DeSean Jackson. When DeSean Jackson was catching the ball for 5 yds or less, he has been getting punished by strong safetys, linebackers, etc. Remember that hit Berry put on him in the preseason? DeSean Jackson is just too small.

  47. Maddog says: Oct 22, 2010 10:30 AM

    roboninja says:
    October 22, 2010 9:45 AM
    #4 is the one I have the most problem with (although there are others). The receiver is defenseless and in the act of trying to make a catch??? You cannot hit that guy now? So you let him catch the ball, right? Offense wins. The NFL has just turned a bad corner; the golden goose might be cooked.
    ——————————————-
    Is it just me or is the “The receiver is defenseless and in the act of trying to make a catch” quote the one that bothers us all the most? WTF????? That is exactly when you’re taught to blow up a receiver. Your team is counting on you to not let him make that catch.
    It’s unbelievable.

  48. Maddog says: Oct 22, 2010 10:30 AM

    roboninja says:
    October 22, 2010 9:45 AM
    #4 is the one I have the most problem with (although there are others). The receiver is defenseless and in the act of trying to make a catch??? You cannot hit that guy now? So you let him catch the ball, right? Offense wins. The NFL has just turned a bad corner; the golden goose might be cooked.
    ——————————————-
    Is it just me or is the “The receiver is defenseless and in the act of trying to make a catch” quote the one that bothers us all the most? WTF????? That is exactly when you’re taught to blow up a receiver. Your team is counting on you to not let him make that catch.
    It’s unbelievable.

  49. footballisfun says: Oct 22, 2010 10:33 AM

    “lichnor says:
    October 22, 2010 9:36 AM
    Soooo…..break their ribs, shatter their leg, dislocated their shoulder……..just don’t give them a concussion?
    And this is going to make the game safer?”
    Concussions can(emphasize can) be much much worse than any of the other injuries you listed. Broken ribs and torn legs are painful but with technology they are not life changing. Sure people will be sore and in pain when the weather differs and stuff like that but concussions are life threatening. I would much rather have a sore knee all of my life over being half brain dead after the age of 35 and die by the time I’m 50

  50. footballisfun says: Oct 22, 2010 10:33 AM

    “lichnor says:
    October 22, 2010 9:36 AM
    Soooo…..break their ribs, shatter their leg, dislocated their shoulder……..just don’t give them a concussion?
    And this is going to make the game safer?”
    Concussions can(emphasize can) be much much worse than any of the other injuries you listed. Broken ribs and torn legs are painful but with technology they are not life changing. Sure people will be sore and in pain when the weather differs and stuff like that but concussions are life threatening. I would much rather have a sore knee all of my life over being half brain dead after the age of 35 and die by the time I’m 50

  51. SteelScorpio says: Oct 22, 2010 10:52 AM

    The Only difference between the Ray Lewis Hit, and the James Harrison Hit, was the receivers reaction…If Keller would have bent over like Massaquoi did there would have been helmet to helmet contact also.

  52. SteelScorpio says: Oct 22, 2010 10:52 AM

    The Only difference between the Ray Lewis Hit, and the James Harrison Hit, was the receivers reaction…If Keller would have bent over like Massaquoi did there would have been helmet to helmet contact also.

  53. FreeneyRawr says: Oct 22, 2010 10:54 AM

    This is all about the league making money. They loved showing people getting “JACKED UP!” on every NFL related program. Even this week they were making a profit off of “illegal” hit photos.
    The NFL and it’s owners want an 18 game schedule and all of the profit that brings in. What they didn’t expect was an incredible emphasis on player safety (which an 18 game schedule ****s all over that concept). They’re in panic mode trying to calm the flames of all the sudden awareness of the brutality of this game. Once they feel they’ve shown proper dilgence addressing safety, they’ll ram the 18 game schedule through.
    That’s all this is about. They’ll dilute the game and tick off the players to get what they want, with an added bonus of timid defenses and higher scoring games. It’s a $win$ win $ for the NFL owners.

  54. FreeneyRawr says: Oct 22, 2010 10:54 AM

    This is all about the league making money. They loved showing people getting “JACKED UP!” on every NFL related program. Even this week they were making a profit off of “illegal” hit photos.
    The NFL and it’s owners want an 18 game schedule and all of the profit that brings in. What they didn’t expect was an incredible emphasis on player safety (which an 18 game schedule ****s all over that concept). They’re in panic mode trying to calm the flames of all the sudden awareness of the brutality of this game. Once they feel they’ve shown proper dilgence addressing safety, they’ll ram the 18 game schedule through.
    That’s all this is about. They’ll dilute the game and tick off the players to get what they want, with an added bonus of timid defenses and higher scoring games. It’s a $win$ win $ for the NFL owners.

  55. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 22, 2010 10:56 AM

    “@Chris Fiorentino: What’s hard to understand? A pass can be complete, but the receiver can still be caught defenseless while in the act of completing the catch. There are ways to make the hit or disrupt the catch without launching your body like a projectile.”
    No, actually there are not. You have to hit the guy…now, instead of hitting him a second after he catches the ball, you have to wait a couple seconds, make sure he has turned around, has the ability to juke you out, then, and ONLY then, may you hit him. This is about as pathetic as it gets. Ban the crossing routes if you don’t want guys getting hurt. Otherwise STFU and stop worrying about it. Jackson should not go across the middle ever…he’s too f’ing small.

  56. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 22, 2010 10:56 AM

    “@Chris Fiorentino: What’s hard to understand? A pass can be complete, but the receiver can still be caught defenseless while in the act of completing the catch. There are ways to make the hit or disrupt the catch without launching your body like a projectile.”
    No, actually there are not. You have to hit the guy…now, instead of hitting him a second after he catches the ball, you have to wait a couple seconds, make sure he has turned around, has the ability to juke you out, then, and ONLY then, may you hit him. This is about as pathetic as it gets. Ban the crossing routes if you don’t want guys getting hurt. Otherwise STFU and stop worrying about it. Jackson should not go across the middle ever…he’s too f’ing small.

  57. cmich06 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:58 AM

    Merriweathers hit was the only one….not much difference between the Lewis hit on Keller and the Harrison hit on Massaqui other than one has an old spice commercial and the other doesn’t

  58. cmich06 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:58 AM

    Merriweathers hit was the only one….not much difference between the Lewis hit on Keller and the Harrison hit on Massaqui other than one has an old spice commercial and the other doesn’t

  59. Joemamma says: Oct 22, 2010 11:30 AM

    Ray didn”t hit Kellers helmet, Harrison tried to, kind of a big difference. It was awesome.
    this is such a stupid week for so many reasons. Bitch when you can’t make a mortgage not when the NFL fines you for knocking someone out

  60. Joemamma says: Oct 22, 2010 11:30 AM

    Ray didn”t hit Kellers helmet, Harrison tried to, kind of a big difference. It was awesome.
    this is such a stupid week for so many reasons. Bitch when you can’t make a mortgage not when the NFL fines you for knocking someone out

  61. Jumbotron84 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:36 AM

    Can someone PLEASE explain to me how the hit that broke Shaun Hill’s arm was not within the definition of the Brady rule??? The vikes ARE right if its a qb making less than 10 million they don’t give to craps (and/or they are on the lions)

  62. Jumbotron84 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:36 AM

    Can someone PLEASE explain to me how the hit that broke Shaun Hill’s arm was not within the definition of the Brady rule??? The vikes ARE right if its a qb making less than 10 million they don’t give to craps (and/or they are on the lions)

  63. NE#12 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    Ward’s hit may not be clean – but he should do it EVERYTIME. if he doesn’t nail Shipley, that would have been a TD. I don’t get it – you can’t hit a defenseless player catching a TD? Bogus….

  64. NE#12 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    Ward’s hit may not be clean – but he should do it EVERYTIME. if he doesn’t nail Shipley, that would have been a TD. I don’t get it – you can’t hit a defenseless player catching a TD? Bogus….

  65. CDFloyd says: Oct 22, 2010 12:07 PM

    Chris Fiorentino: I agree. I’m an Eagles’ fan, and that hit wasn’t illegal. That’s the best time to hit them, and it should’ve been a fumble. Dunta had no chance to smack the pass or intercept it, the only choice he had was to launch himself at Jackson and hope to knock it lose. Hope Jackson’s alright next week.

  66. CDFloyd says: Oct 22, 2010 12:07 PM

    Chris Fiorentino: I agree. I’m an Eagles’ fan, and that hit wasn’t illegal. That’s the best time to hit them, and it should’ve been a fumble. Dunta had no chance to smack the pass or intercept it, the only choice he had was to launch himself at Jackson and hope to knock it lose. Hope Jackson’s alright next week.

  67. Woody Paige says: Oct 22, 2010 12:46 PM

    I don’t understand the fine line between breaking up a pass with a defenseless receiver. That’s football, but because Kolb laid Desean out to die and Dunta made a good play it’s illegal. Are you supposed to let them catch the ball? That seems ridiculous. NFL cannot do this there is too much gray area.

  68. Woody Paige says: Oct 22, 2010 12:46 PM

    I don’t understand the fine line between breaking up a pass with a defenseless receiver. That’s football, but because Kolb laid Desean out to die and Dunta made a good play it’s illegal. Are you supposed to let them catch the ball? That seems ridiculous. NFL cannot do this there is too much gray area.

  69. ArtModellsPimp says: Oct 22, 2010 12:49 PM

    SteelScorpio says:
    “The Only difference between the Ray Lewis Hit, and the James Harrison Hit, was the receivers reaction…If Keller would have bent over like Massaquoi did there would have been helmet to helmet contact also.”
    ———–
    Boo-freakin’-hoo. Those bad-ass Steeler fans still cryin’ the blues. Instead, you should be thanking Goodell that JH wasn’t suspended for that cheap hit.

  70. ArtModellsPimp says: Oct 22, 2010 12:49 PM

    SteelScorpio says:
    “The Only difference between the Ray Lewis Hit, and the James Harrison Hit, was the receivers reaction…If Keller would have bent over like Massaquoi did there would have been helmet to helmet contact also.”
    ———–
    Boo-freakin’-hoo. Those bad-ass Steeler fans still cryin’ the blues. Instead, you should be thanking Goodell that JH wasn’t suspended for that cheap hit.

  71. MitchBergerSaysKissTheRingBitch says: Oct 22, 2010 12:56 PM

    # Chris Fiorentino says: October 22, 2010 9:23 AM
    “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”
    WRONG. The receiver CAUGHT THE FREAKING PASS!!!! He had the ball and got creamed. There is no way this hit was illegal any way you look at it. If you ban this hit, then you should ban the route across the middle because it is BS. I agree with Urlacher…put flags on them if this hit is illegal. Because if you can’t hit a receiver who just made a catch, then you really are making the game impossible for DBs to play.
    —————————————————-
    I agree with this completely. We’re going to see a lot of scrub receivers looking good now that DBs have to give them a cushion after they catch the ball. Just one step closer to an outdoor Arena league, just the way Roger wants it!

  72. MitchBergerSaysKissTheRingBitch says: Oct 22, 2010 12:56 PM

    # Chris Fiorentino says: October 22, 2010 9:23 AM
    “It’s bang-bang but still illegal. The receiver is defenseless and in the act of attempting to catch a pass.”
    WRONG. The receiver CAUGHT THE FREAKING PASS!!!! He had the ball and got creamed. There is no way this hit was illegal any way you look at it. If you ban this hit, then you should ban the route across the middle because it is BS. I agree with Urlacher…put flags on them if this hit is illegal. Because if you can’t hit a receiver who just made a catch, then you really are making the game impossible for DBs to play.
    —————————————————-
    I agree with this completely. We’re going to see a lot of scrub receivers looking good now that DBs have to give them a cushion after they catch the ball. Just one step closer to an outdoor Arena league, just the way Roger wants it!

  73. Light Loafer Goodell says: Oct 22, 2010 12:58 PM

    Once again Lawyers have blurred the definition of what’s legal and what’s not to cover their asses…I’m a Steeler fan, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Harrison hits..I also hate the Ravens more than Goodell..But respect Ray Lewis as one of the best linebackers to ever lace them up…It could also be interpreted that Lewis did in fact launch himself into Keller..I thought it was a great hit, but as usual Goodell is talking out of both sides of his mouth..U don’t see James Harrison wearing pink..

  74. Light Loafer Goodell says: Oct 22, 2010 12:58 PM

    Once again Lawyers have blurred the definition of what’s legal and what’s not to cover their asses…I’m a Steeler fan, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the Harrison hits..I also hate the Ravens more than Goodell..But respect Ray Lewis as one of the best linebackers to ever lace them up…It could also be interpreted that Lewis did in fact launch himself into Keller..I thought it was a great hit, but as usual Goodell is talking out of both sides of his mouth..U don’t see James Harrison wearing pink..

  75. FinFan6886 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    Next year the receivers will be able to signal a fair catch when the ball is in the air. As of now, it seems that if the defender gets there early it is a penalty, and if they get there on-time and jar the ball loose with a big hit it is a penalty if it looks like it might have been painful. I guess the DBs/LBs need to watch the receiver catch the ball, take a minimum of 3 steps, and signal that he is ready to absorb an arm tackle before the defender is allowed to resume play. It is ridiculous. Fine and suspend the cheap shot artists and leave the legit plays alone.

  76. FinFan6886 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    Next year the receivers will be able to signal a fair catch when the ball is in the air. As of now, it seems that if the defender gets there early it is a penalty, and if they get there on-time and jar the ball loose with a big hit it is a penalty if it looks like it might have been painful. I guess the DBs/LBs need to watch the receiver catch the ball, take a minimum of 3 steps, and signal that he is ready to absorb an arm tackle before the defender is allowed to resume play. It is ridiculous. Fine and suspend the cheap shot artists and leave the legit plays alone.

  77. skp14 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:08 PM

    46 players with concussions this season, twice as many as last year. Something had to be done. The NHL doesn’t allow head hits. (Fighting yes, but they know it sells tickets – BAD idea and bad role models). Just don’t hit players in the head and everything’s fine.
    Sports are big money but lets also remember the young ones, the next generation looking up to their heroes. Remember when YOU were growing up? Let’s make it good for them too.

  78. skp14 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:08 PM

    46 players with concussions this season, twice as many as last year. Something had to be done. The NHL doesn’t allow head hits. (Fighting yes, but they know it sells tickets – BAD idea and bad role models). Just don’t hit players in the head and everything’s fine.
    Sports are big money but lets also remember the young ones, the next generation looking up to their heroes. Remember when YOU were growing up? Let’s make it good for them too.

  79. Punt Intended says: Oct 22, 2010 1:28 PM

    skp14 how many exactly suffered concussions from solely illegal hits? it’s great you know how many suspensions there are, but they come from all sorts of plays. how many are QBs that were just sacked to pieces? do we outlaw sacks too because they lead to concussions?
    i love how the league managed to show 3 good hits from the past 2 years; one of which wasn’t even on a receiver but a punter looking away from the defender — that’s EXACTLY the same as what happened this weekend with robinson/jackson — right?
    and then of the other 2 – one they screwed up on. and goodell told them yesterady to “err on the side of the flag” but as Page says “that doesn’t do us much good now”.
    the final hit, lewis’, is less than inches away from being illegal — good thing keller didn’t move while he was in the air — don’t you know you’re responsible for what you hit while you’re in the air, even if your opponent is moving. The RECEIVER here has the ability to move and not get hurt, the defender already “lungin” at an opponent isn’t ‘noodle’ enough to twist their bodies. Ray Lewis – in fact – was fined last year for head-to-heading Ocho and said he wouldn’t change how he played based off it, and clearly didn’t.
    The NFL should be ashamed that this was the best 3 examples from the past 2 years that they could come up with for “legal” hits. This -is- nothing more than a move to try to increase to 18 games, but when the ACLs/MCLs are totaled by wk16, the backup squads can play weeks 17 and 18.

  80. Punt Intended says: Oct 22, 2010 1:28 PM

    skp14 how many exactly suffered concussions from solely illegal hits? it’s great you know how many suspensions there are, but they come from all sorts of plays. how many are QBs that were just sacked to pieces? do we outlaw sacks too because they lead to concussions?
    i love how the league managed to show 3 good hits from the past 2 years; one of which wasn’t even on a receiver but a punter looking away from the defender — that’s EXACTLY the same as what happened this weekend with robinson/jackson — right?
    and then of the other 2 – one they screwed up on. and goodell told them yesterady to “err on the side of the flag” but as Page says “that doesn’t do us much good now”.
    the final hit, lewis’, is less than inches away from being illegal — good thing keller didn’t move while he was in the air — don’t you know you’re responsible for what you hit while you’re in the air, even if your opponent is moving. The RECEIVER here has the ability to move and not get hurt, the defender already “lungin” at an opponent isn’t ‘noodle’ enough to twist their bodies. Ray Lewis – in fact – was fined last year for head-to-heading Ocho and said he wouldn’t change how he played based off it, and clearly didn’t.
    The NFL should be ashamed that this was the best 3 examples from the past 2 years that they could come up with for “legal” hits. This -is- nothing more than a move to try to increase to 18 games, but when the ACLs/MCLs are totaled by wk16, the backup squads can play weeks 17 and 18.

  81. Wonka 2 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:29 PM

    The Ray Lewis hit and the Jarrad Page hit were EXACTLY the same hits as James Harrison’s hit on Massaquoi. Both players launched a shoulder into the chest of an opponent, Page and Lewis actually jump upwards to hit their defenseless receivers, wheras Harrison bends down to hit hit. The difference? Massaquoi bobbles the ball and bends to retrieve it at the last second which drops his head into the strike zone.
    So how the heck can defenders play football? All 3 players had the same intention and made the same play, but one guy gets a massive fine or possible suspension. It all comes down to where the strike lands, and being off by 2″ could land you a suspension or loss of a game check.
    Completely ridiculous!!!

  82. Wonka 2 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:29 PM

    The Ray Lewis hit and the Jarrad Page hit were EXACTLY the same hits as James Harrison’s hit on Massaquoi. Both players launched a shoulder into the chest of an opponent, Page and Lewis actually jump upwards to hit their defenseless receivers, wheras Harrison bends down to hit hit. The difference? Massaquoi bobbles the ball and bends to retrieve it at the last second which drops his head into the strike zone.
    So how the heck can defenders play football? All 3 players had the same intention and made the same play, but one guy gets a massive fine or possible suspension. It all comes down to where the strike lands, and being off by 2″ could land you a suspension or loss of a game check.
    Completely ridiculous!!!

  83. Wonka 2 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:32 PM

    Let me add that at no time does Robinsons hit ever go to the head of Jackson, he was fined because Jackson is a 160 lb weakling who got injured on the play.
    So if you are a defender, go ahead and hit ‘em hard shoulder to chest. Just hope they dont duck because you will be fined or suspended. And hope that if you do hit them clean, they dont get hurt or you will also be punished.
    NFL hipocricy at it’s finest!

  84. Wonka 2 says: Oct 22, 2010 1:32 PM

    Let me add that at no time does Robinsons hit ever go to the head of Jackson, he was fined because Jackson is a 160 lb weakling who got injured on the play.
    So if you are a defender, go ahead and hit ‘em hard shoulder to chest. Just hope they dont duck because you will be fined or suspended. And hope that if you do hit them clean, they dont get hurt or you will also be punished.
    NFL hipocricy at it’s finest!

  85. bmb1svd says: Oct 22, 2010 1:36 PM

    I work in Alzheimer Disease research and also am a big fan of football. Seeing these sort of hits makes me wince. There is a clear connection between severe impacts to the head and developing disorders of the brain in later life. No level of money is going to help you look after yourself and family if you yourself require help in remembering simple daily events thats we take for granted or cannot name the loved ones around you. As fans and players, we need to change the macho culture of football to start avoiding these sort of ‘tackles’ and think about the health of these players AND of younger generations playing the game in high school. There’s not enough awareness or thinking about future implications at the moment. These players don’t realise what hard hits like this may result in when they are 50 or 60 years old. You don’t need to hit someone’s head or neck to win the play; shoulder to chest is often enough.

  86. bmb1svd says: Oct 22, 2010 1:36 PM

    I work in Alzheimer Disease research and also am a big fan of football. Seeing these sort of hits makes me wince. There is a clear connection between severe impacts to the head and developing disorders of the brain in later life. No level of money is going to help you look after yourself and family if you yourself require help in remembering simple daily events thats we take for granted or cannot name the loved ones around you. As fans and players, we need to change the macho culture of football to start avoiding these sort of ‘tackles’ and think about the health of these players AND of younger generations playing the game in high school. There’s not enough awareness or thinking about future implications at the moment. These players don’t realise what hard hits like this may result in when they are 50 or 60 years old. You don’t need to hit someone’s head or neck to win the play; shoulder to chest is often enough.

  87. LeBron's Elbwo says: Oct 22, 2010 4:27 PM

    Looked to be like Bennett launched himself and left his feet…..how is that constituted as legal?

  88. LeBron's Elbwo says: Oct 22, 2010 4:27 PM

    Looked to be like Bennett launched himself and left his feet…..how is that constituted as legal?

  89. thetruckerking says: Oct 23, 2010 12:04 AM

    Okay, lets start the season by telling fans that they are not allowed to cheer too hard. We want them to remain seated at all times with their hands folded and conducting themselves as if they were at church.
    Next we want to take any and all hard hits out of the game. Football should be played in a kinder and gentler fashion in the hopes that extremely sensitive people will not be offended. Violence has no place in todays NFL and it will not be tolerated.
    Finally, there will be no celebrations of any kind unless, of course, you find the need to worship Jesus after scoring a touchdown. We simply do not want anyone with a personality or a sense of humor to play or watch the NFL.
    Sincerely,
    Roger Goodell
    (Biggest douchebag in the universe)

  90. thetruckerking says: Oct 23, 2010 12:04 AM

    Okay, lets start the season by telling fans that they are not allowed to cheer too hard. We want them to remain seated at all times with their hands folded and conducting themselves as if they were at church.
    Next we want to take any and all hard hits out of the game. Football should be played in a kinder and gentler fashion in the hopes that extremely sensitive people will not be offended. Violence has no place in todays NFL and it will not be tolerated.
    Finally, there will be no celebrations of any kind unless, of course, you find the need to worship Jesus after scoring a touchdown. We simply do not want anyone with a personality or a sense of humor to play or watch the NFL.
    Sincerely,
    Roger Goodell
    (Biggest douchebag in the universe)

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