Stefon Diggs was OK with head shot, prefers it to a low hit

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Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs took a helmet to the chin from Saints defensive back Kenny Vaccaro on Monday night, but Diggs didn’t mind.

Diggs said this morning on PFT Live that he hasn’t seen a replay of the hit but doesn’t have any problems with what Vaccaro did.

“I didn’t see it all the way, I don’t know what happened as far as he led with his helmet or anything like that, but I just call it football. I’m on to the next play,” Diggs said.

Diggs said if a defensive back is going to hit him when he’s extending to catch a pass, he’d much rather have them hit him in the head than in the legs, as knee injuries often end seasons while concussions rarely do.

“I’ll take a head shot any day of the week,” he said. “Legs are very delicate — injuries happen.”

As much as the NFL wants to crack down on high hits, that’s a common opinion among NFL players: They’d rather protect their knees than their brains.

27 responses to “Stefon Diggs was OK with head shot, prefers it to a low hit

  1. We should be able to tell these players how they should be able to play or not play. It should be up to non football players to dictate the rules that impact players ability to earn a living.

  2. Institute the use of safer helmets ALREADY on the market and let guys tackle where they want.

    A game in which very large men smash into each other at high speeds will never be safe.

    At least let players brave enough to play it, play it on their terms.

  3. As someone who played minor league football for 10yrs (yeah, yeah, I know we suck), I took a lot of shots, & gave a few. The only significant injury I ever took was a shot to the knee. The most serious injuries I witnessed were leg injuries. I’ve seen many big hits guys pop right back up from, & a few that were fine after the cobwebs cleared. Lots of guys never played again after a hit to the legs….

  4. youngnoizecom says:
    September 12, 2017 at 9:08 am
    Another reason why I don’t understand some of the head hunting rules. Who in their right mind would rather get hit in their knees? No thanks.
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    Blame the former players who are suing the pants off the NFL for their problems now…the NFL doesn’t really care about the players, they only institute these rules to protect themselves in court.

  5. You have a helmet on your head, you have a measly pad on your knees. You’re much more better protected with these modern helmets than with those knee pads.

  6. Tough player! We could use guy’s more like him over on the PACK. jordey is always hurt and nobody else is that great anyways. Go pack go
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    Please grow up and stop pretending to be a packer fan. And Jordy played 2 weeks after breaking his ribs. Even a troll like yourself should be able to respect that.

  7. Another reason why I don’t understand some of the head hunting rules. Who in their right mind would rather get hit in their knees? No thanks.

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    Like Diggs says in the interview. Torn ACL and your season is done. Concussion you are out a week maybe 2 and back at it. The comment about the legs being delicate is a little dumb since so is the brain, but if you are out a season then your stats drop which cost you money on the next contract possibly.

  8. Lawsuits are changing the rules, not player safety. The NFLPA is united off the field, once on the field, they don’t care if they hurt each other.

  9. Long term, head injuries are worse than leg injuries. Short term, leg injuries are worse than brain injuries. I guess players are only thinking short term, not very smart.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    “Long term, head injuries are worse than leg injuries. Short term, leg injuries are worse than brain injuries. I guess players are only thinking short term, not very smart.”

    So, please provide a good excuse as to why Brady says he wants to play forever?

  11. That Vacarro hit was perfectly fine. His helmet starts the hit in Diggs midsection and slides upwards towards Diggs head as they go to the ground. It doesn’t matter where you tell defenders to target in terms of tackling because both bodies are going to move and slide on impact due to momentum and speed. The laws of physics make it impossible on defenders to pick and choose exactly where to place a hit.

  12. Technology to protect a players legs doesn’t exist. Technology to protect a players head exists and is improving. A player must decide would he rather have his bell rung a few times during a long career and later in life have the mental capabilities of a chef salad or have a career cut short because of a devastating leg injury, walk with a limp and have a nice clear mind to think about it for the rest of his life.

  13. Typical short term thinking. I can understand why they think that, as careers are short and earning potential can quickly dry up with a knee injury. But, that is why rules have to be in place about head trauma, because the players themselves aren’t worried about it….until the dementia sets in, and then it is too late.

  14. pkrlvr says:
    September 12, 2017 at 10:12 am
    Tough player! We could use guy’s more like him over on the PACK. jordey is always hurt and nobody else is that great anyways. Go pack go
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    Please grow up and stop pretending to be a packer fan. And Jordy played 2 weeks after breaking his ribs. Even a troll like yourself should be able to respect that.
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    If you know he is a troll why acknowledge him?

    You just gave him what he wants.
    He so obvious it’s funny.

  15. there are many jobs more dangerous than the NFL. And they pay a lot less too. Fireman, cop, crab fishing, working the electrical lines, plenty of people could post more that aren’t immediately coming to mind. So who cares? It’s hazard pay. They get payed well to entertain us. Everybody wins.

  16. Brains are fragile, but are encased in a bone shell called a skull which in turn is encased in a helmet.

    Legs are fragile, but are PARTIALLY protected by half an inch of foam.

    Concussions MAY lead to long term damage in SOME players many years from now.
    Direct hits to the KNEE area will LIKELY lead to season/career ending injures immediately.

    I think I’d agree with Diggs. Players didn’t get into the game for the financial incentives, they got into it because they love doing it and so of course they want to do it for as long as possible. I injure myself playing sports all the time and I don’t get paid to do it. I’m certainly not going to stop playing or start wrapping myself entirely in bubblewrap to do what I love to do so why would anyone think a Pro player would prefer a season/career ending injury over a concussion?

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