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J.J. Watt cut may lead NFL to adopt a blood rule

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The NFL does not have a rule requiring players to leave the game when they’re bleeding. That may change soon.

Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt continued playing as blood gushed out of the bridge of his nose on Sunday, and former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira said he believes the sight of Watt bleeding on the field will make the NFL’s Competition Committee queasy.

“The NFL does not have a blood rule,” Pereira said. “Hockey has it, college football has it, the NBA has it: If you have blood on your person you’re asked to leave the game and it has to be stopped and your uniform cleaned up. Should the NFL have a blood rule? I think they should. In this day and age of infectious diseases it makes sense, and that’s exactly why all the other sports have gone in that direction. . . . I’d bet you that they address it in the offseason, especially after seeing J.J. Watt.”

Given the league’s emphasis on player safety, it’s surprising that such a rule doesn’t already exist. It’s also surprising that the NFL apparently doesn’t require medical professionals to wear latex gloves when treating players who are bleeding, but the trainers on the Texans’ sideline were not wearing gloves as they treated Watt’s cut.

As the NFL tries to change its image, the sight of players with blood streaming down their faces will likely become a thing of the past.

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82 Responses to “J.J. Watt cut may lead NFL to adopt a blood rule”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 2:32 PM

    I have always shook my head when doctors/trainers with gloves attend to the athletes before putting the bleeding athlete back in the game to bleed all over teammates and strangers (opponents).

  2. reverend5150 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:35 PM

    I’m sorry, sir, but we’re trying to remove defense from the game. Please take your badassery and go home

  3. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:36 PM

    Jus do what hockey does: stich the guy up and send him back out there.

    As a kid I saw Cam Neely get his face split open in a fight, got stiches in between periods, and then got into another fight and reopened his stiches.

  4. ctattles says: Oct 2, 2013 2:36 PM

    A rule is needed. If Watt has HIV he easily could hve spread it to other players and trainers.

  5. grudenlikesme says: Oct 2, 2013 2:37 PM

    This guy is a tool. SO full of himself. You have a long way until you’re mentioned in same breathe as Reggie White pal. Think last season got to his head.

  6. scoops1 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:37 PM

    It’s just a flesh wound.

  7. dan46778 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    In this day n age with to many. Infectious diseases they should n need to get rid of the tough guy I Image with blood

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    scoops…. lost due to 75% of NFL fans being mouthbreathers.

  9. FlashPatterson says: Oct 2, 2013 2:41 PM

    Actually Basketball and hockey addressed it because blood makes the floor slippery. Blood doesn’t make grass slippery. If you’re not bleeding you aren’t trying.

  10. mclovin07 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:41 PM

    Shocking….MORE rules!!!

  11. gloryfromheaven says: Oct 2, 2013 2:42 PM

    In that case, maybe MMA and Boxing should be eliminated…

  12. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 2, 2013 2:42 PM

    It’s pretty shocking that they are so behind the times that they don’t have that rule already!

    But then again we’re talking the NFL here….

  13. daveb204 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    Good lord!! This is getting ridiculous.

  14. jjackwagon says: Oct 2, 2013 2:45 PM

    Like you Doc?

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 2, 2013 2:45 PM

    wussy league, dictator GODell
    that is all!

  16. afcdomination says: Oct 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    it is something they have to look at for safety reasons. this one actually isn’t about what a lot of people think it would be (how it looks for an NFL Player to be bleeding like that when they are trying so hard to make this look like a pillowfight)

    Don’t need some terrible situation where someone with an open cut…..that just is not good.

  17. magdaapathony says: Oct 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    I noticed that before he got his schnozz split open he was making the “bring it on” sign. Not suprising after chasing Russell’s shadow around and bleading like rocky in the second half he was’nt acting so bad ass. I respect the guy for his talent, however the “I’am a bad ass, bring it on” thing is just lame. Just like I say about Sherm, who I love having on my team, the pre-game stuff is fine with me, because he backs it up, but all of the in game hand gestures get old, and I have noticed he has chilled out a little this season, which is good. What am I saying ? just play J.J.! Quit making a ass out of yourself, or your nose will be bloody a lot…

  18. justintuckrule says: Oct 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    Surprised he hasn’t been fined for bleeding.

  19. cmp2388 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:48 PM

    grudenlikesme says:
    Oct 2, 2013 2:37 PM
    This guy is a tool. SO full of himself. You have a long way until you’re mentioned in same breathe as Reggie White pal. Think last season got to his head.

    Quite possibly the dumbest post ever. JJ Watt didnt even say a word about the blood…

  20. jack3dsd says: Oct 2, 2013 2:48 PM

    No more rules!!!

  21. nathanielflor says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    @grudenlikesme That’s such an ignorant thing to assume that JJ Watt is “full of himself.” When have you ever seen Watt go out of his way to talk trash or overstep his boundaries in any way? All the guy does is work hard and play. He’s an all pro and there’s no arguing with it. Maybe you don’t like him, but to assume he’s full of himself and that he’s equating himself to Reggie White is just in mean spirits. By the way, this is not coming from a Texans fan.

  22. donz0 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    NO! Next season they’ll impose a “Grass Stain” rule.

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    He looked pretty pissed when the trainer put the towel on his face huh.

  24. pj1983a says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    @gloryfromheaven: Even MMA has rules about stopping a fight if the bleeding impairs a fighter’s vision. The NFL doesn’t even have that much.

  25. wryly1 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    No matter how good a player Watt is, going back out there spreading blood was selfish, immature and irresponsible.

  26. daysend564 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:49 PM

    gloryfromheaven says:
    Oct 2, 2013 2:42 PM
    In that case, maybe MMA and Boxing should be eliminated…
    ====================
    You have to pass HIV tests to fight in both of those sports.

  27. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:50 PM

    Even high school players are required to leave and have blood removed from their uniforms…and high school athletic trainers would know to wear gloves.

  28. mychode says: Oct 2, 2013 2:50 PM

    This just in: the competition committee will require all players to be fully drained of their blood before games next year.

  29. warhammer420 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:51 PM

    J.J. Watt ain’t got time to bleed…

  30. jbaxt says: Oct 2, 2013 2:51 PM

    Blood makes ice slippery?

    My guess is 10-20 players every game will bleed at some point. Hell, probably 10 just from sliding on the turf. Add exposed elbows, sharpness of fingernails, cleats, and so on, do we really need to slow the game down more? Referee discretion, if your bleeding profusely you’re out until it stops, otherwise wipe some dirt on it, man-up women.

  31. dryzzt23 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:51 PM

    There could be closeted gay NFL players who have HIV, and they could spread their disease to other unsuspecting players and that would be wrong.
    I’m sure the PC police will go “nuts” over my point of view but protection of individuals rates higher than political correctness.

  32. twilson962 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:52 PM

    This is a full contact, high impact, sport. The closest thing to a gladiator fights. This player safety focus is, at some point, going to ruin the game. Don’t hit high. Don’t hit low. Let him catch the ball then try to hit him safely. Now, if a guy is bleeding the idea is to remove him from the game??? Because of infectious diseases. Really?? This isn’t high school or even college. This is the NFL. There are doctors on each & every team. How about testing the players for diseases, all the time. There….problem solved.

    The players lift weights & work out to get bigger, stronger, faster, so they can be the best at a violent game. Injuries are implied, & should be expected.

    Stop trying to take the badassery out of the game.

  33. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 2, 2013 2:53 PM

    “Sit down, son, the trainer will clean that up for you.”….”No way, dude! The cameras are ALL ON ME!!”

  34. dstep24 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:55 PM

    Watching JJ Watt get mad at the trainer for trying to stop the bleeding was hilarious.

    It was pretty obvious he wanted it to stay that way, as some “look how tough I am” BS…

    It went from “tough guy” to “poor fella” real quick in that 4th quarter though.

  35. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Oct 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    A blood rule would be the worst thing to happen to sports since Vince McMahon banned blade jobs in the WWE.

  36. bigguy54 says: Oct 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Oct 2, 2013 2:41 PM
    Actually Basketball and hockey addressed it because blood makes the floor slippery. Blood doesn’t make grass slippery. If you’re not bleeding you aren’t trying.

    _______________________________

    You are probably right, the NHL sure would not want the ice to be slippery, that is too dangerous.

    Most sports have some type of blood rule, I was surprised when he kept playing, I thought the NFL had one. They should, what if Magic (nothing against him, just the fact he has HIV) bled and infected another player? It is to protect the other people on the field.

  37. theflyingtad says: Oct 2, 2013 2:57 PM

    If you knew how some of these players lived their lives off the field…. you wouldn’t want to be around their blood either.

  38. wholelottaawesome says: Oct 2, 2013 3:01 PM

    If you watched the game you had a split second to see the trainers use the historic remedy for this type of injury. They tried rubbing dirt on it but none was available on the turf field…

  39. chief67 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    The rule book is as thick as War and Peace already …

  40. runmarshawnrun says: Oct 2, 2013 3:05 PM

    @wholelottaawesome, I know your post was meant to be funny, but Reliant Stadium is a natural grass field.

  41. yanksbills says: Oct 2, 2013 3:06 PM

    Players should be required to wear blow up sumo wrestler uniforms. That should solve the safety issue.

  42. hanifmiller says: Oct 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    Hey–at least the bloody face was worth the victory…Wait, Matt Shaub did what!!?

  43. patsbrat says: Oct 2, 2013 3:08 PM

    J.J. Watt got cut?

  44. sanityinsd says: Oct 2, 2013 3:09 PM

    In the GAA (Gaelic) they have Blood Subs for their athletes.

  45. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 2, 2013 3:11 PM

    Well, if the NFL could get some blood testing, they could check for communicable diseases while they’re at it. Then it’s a non-issue.

  46. devildog911 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:12 PM

    Soon the NFL will have a “No Spitting” rule.

  47. onebucplace says: Oct 2, 2013 3:12 PM

    How about this, let JJ bleed all over Coach Schiano and lets all hope for the best.

  48. r8dernation says: Oct 2, 2013 3:16 PM

    Jon Richie without blood running down his face every game would have been just another lousy FB. Men bleed, that’s football.

  49. thehouseofho says: Oct 2, 2013 3:18 PM

    @dowhatifeellike says:
    Oct 2, 2013 3:11 PM
    Well, if the NFL could get some blood testing, they could check for communicable diseases while they’re at it. Then it’s a non-issue.

    =====

    How does that make it a non-issue? What happens if someone does have a communicable disease? Do you kick him out of the league? Do you have a ref always checking him out after every play to see if he has a cut?

  50. jda129 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:21 PM

    It will reduce the risk of shark attacks, so there’s that.

  51. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    What a complete loser. Guy is craving for attention. Goes on that tv show the league just like jay cutler.

    We get it your a tough guy. You pulled this same stunt last year. It has nothing to do w being tough and its not like other player safety rules people on here whine and moan about even though they never touch the field. Not one of these guys is as athletic or tough as an Olympic or college wrestler and they have blood rules as well. Unless these guys are getting tested for hgh and roids why complain? Nobody know for 100% that WATT has never been injected, what id the needle was dirty?

    That’s extreme but you simple minded people need to think stuff thru before posting such bogus garbage.

  52. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 2, 2013 3:23 PM

    Devildog….

    There is a no spitting rule. Just ask Deangelo Hall about. Learn more and complain less people

  53. blabidibla says: Oct 2, 2013 3:31 PM

    “Actually Basketball and hockey addressed it because blood makes the floor slippery. Blood doesn’t make grass slippery. If you’re not bleeding you aren’t trying.”

    The NBA blood rule was a DIRECT result of Magic’s return to the game after contracting HIV. And for the dimwit who claimed above that “closeted” NFL players might spread HIV, please note – Magic is heterosexual. It’s not a gay disease.

    Not being PC, just getting the FACTS out there and fighting blatant ignorance.

  54. darkneptune73 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:39 PM

    Very pointless.

  55. kd75 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:42 PM

    Brad Benson played his entire career with blood pouring out of his nose.

  56. jerseygirl57 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:45 PM

    jbaxt says:Oct 2, 2013 2:51 PM

    Blood makes ice slippery?

    My guess is 10-20 players every game will bleed at some point. Hell, probably 10 just from sliding on the turf. Add exposed elbows, sharpness of fingernails, cleats, and so on, do we really need to slow the game down more? Referee discretion, if your bleeding profusely you’re out until it stops, otherwise wipe some dirt on it, man-up women.

    Jbaxt, go through 23 hours of labor and an episiotomy, then talk to me about “manning up”.

  57. teamnorsecore says: Oct 2, 2013 3:46 PM

    grudenlikesme says:
    Oct 2, 2013 2:37 PM
    This guy is a tool. SO full of himself. You have a long way until you’re mentioned in same breathe as Reggie White pal. Think last season got to his head.
    ……………
    Sounds a lot like Clay Matthews, eh?

  58. bluenose1965 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:47 PM

    You idiots commenting on JJ Watt, did you even read the article?

    JJ Watt did nothing but cut the bridge of his nose. He made no comment and even when he does comment, it’s nothing close to what some of you clowns are saying.

    Another pitiful attempt by American sports fans to tear down a good guy.

  59. captaineagles says: Oct 2, 2013 3:51 PM

    There should be a rule about playing without the tip of your finger too.

  60. rookieblue7 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    Here’s a noble thought. Quit being pansies. Blood is just blood, do like the UFC does and test your athletes for infectious diseases. But wait… we might find that our athletes are using PED’s… Like they think THAT’s not happening too

  61. trollhammer20 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    This just seems common sense. No one is going to get pulled from a game because they have a hangnail, or got a little turf rash from sliding on their elbows, it would most likely be for very blatant, open cuts that require stitching, like the one Watt had Sunday.

    Sew it up right there on the sidelines, and they can be back in the game within a few plays, most likely. Hell, even professional rugby (Super 15), the sport that prides themselves on not using padding, has a “Blood Bin” where cut players must go to get stitched up in the event of an open wound.

  62. saint2112 says: Oct 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    No blood, No foul!

  63. JSpicoli says: Oct 2, 2013 4:05 PM

    It is not JJ Watt, this is being driven by lawyers.

    Lawyers control the NFL.

    John Richie says phooey

  64. cmosiedrum says: Oct 2, 2013 4:05 PM

    “As the NFL tries to change its image, the sight of players with blood streaming down their faces will likely become a thing of the past.”

    Welcome to the WFL= Woosivied Football Legue.
    Too many rules deluting the spirit of the game, and dumbing it down! All with the purpose of making more $$$ off of the fans.

    Every team has doctors, they can do & should do testing weekly.

  65. citiciti says: Oct 2, 2013 4:08 PM

    Whaaa! Get the bubble wrap ready.

  66. clssylssy says: Oct 2, 2013 4:18 PM

    Professional sports are a business and as such there are liability issues to consider. Cardinals, Rashard Johnson had a traumatic amputation of a finger tip with blood coming out of his glove and was sent back in to play, even though there was exposed bone and it was feared he could be vulnerable to infection. Now, as feared, he has an infection and somebody is having to pay for treatment that could have probably been avoided with appropriate treatment at the time. Herein lies liability. These days it’s not about being macho so much as being smart at not leaving your business in a position of negligence. There is a difference between getting banged up with a few scratches and road rash and profuse bleeding. Why risk it when there is a bigger picture?

  67. salsendardo says: Oct 2, 2013 4:18 PM

    “In this day and age of infectious diseases’

    There have been infectious diseases every day in every age.

  68. texaned80 says: Oct 2, 2013 4:21 PM

    dstep24 says:Oct 2, 2013 2:55 PMWatching JJ Watt get mad at the trainer for trying to stop the bleeding was hilarious.It was pretty obvious he wanted it to stay that way, as some “look how tough I am” BS…It went from “tough guy” to “poor fella” real quick in that 4th quarter though.

    For those of you who have never worn a football helment before, trying to stop the bleeding from a cut on the bridge of the nose during a game is just pointless. The very moment you bang heads with an opponent that sucker opens right back up.

    @dstep24 Leave the tough guy assumtions and comments to guys who have actually suited up and played the game.

  69. bandoy767 says: Oct 2, 2013 4:29 PM

    ctattles says:
    Oct 2, 2013 2:36 PM
    A rule is needed. If Watt has HIV he easily could hve spread it to other players and trainers.

    ——————————————————-

    Unless they’re sharing needles in the sidelines I think they are safe from that.

  70. jason1980 says: Oct 2, 2013 4:30 PM

    There is a definite health risk, if Watts was infected with HIV after his last physical for the team, they would not know it and he would be allowed to play. Exposing blood to other players is totally unacceptable in this day and age. Come on NFL, get with modern society

  71. taron2in1 says: Oct 2, 2013 4:35 PM

    Bloody face Watts posters just went on sale. He cut himself like the wrestlers use to do and the cameras ate it up. It’s a scratch people!!!!!

  72. arwiv says: Oct 2, 2013 4:40 PM

    Im pretty well sure that I will not be a football fan within the next 10-15 years. Im really starting to dislike a LOT about this league; this is certainly not the game that hooked me back in the late 70′s-early 80′s as a young kid.

  73. jayniner says: Oct 2, 2013 4:41 PM

    We can only hope they have to pull him Sunday night if this happens again….

  74. therolandobottom says: Oct 2, 2013 4:51 PM

    If Goodell goes to the NHL my life is over

  75. philwauke says: Oct 2, 2013 4:54 PM

    Other players may start carrying razor blades ala The American Dream Dusty Rhodes.

  76. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Oct 2, 2013 5:51 PM

    We should just get rid of all the contact then we won’t have to worry about concussions, blood or anything else. Give me a break

  77. bigharold says: Oct 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    I played HS football in the 70s and those bridge of the nose cuts were commonplace. And, that’s not really a lot of blood, it looks far worse than it is.

    Somewhere Bronko Nagurski is rolling over in his grave. Or, to paraphrase Jack Lambert, .. why not just put skirts on these guys.

  78. thetooloftools says: Oct 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    I thought it was “adopt a blood in Watts” when someone’s daddy got offed in a gang gang war.

  79. schaub2dreallday says: Oct 2, 2013 6:26 PM

    No one mentions how he got that cut. Seattles backups were probably yanking it down all game, with no calls. Guess thats how you stop the NFLs best defensive player. Look at the tapes of this year and you’ll find alot of plays were JJ is being tackled by linemen to stop him

  80. gowhitten says: Oct 2, 2013 10:08 PM

    Maybe they should have a no blood rule in the Army and Marines too.

  81. keifer1751 says: Oct 2, 2013 10:59 PM

    The NFL has too damn many rules. These men are professional football players. Let them do their jobs and stop with all these wussy rules.

  82. therowdyrob says: Oct 3, 2013 7:33 AM

    JJ Clot.

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