NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not backing down from his stance that players who repeatedly hit opponents in the head deserve to be suspended. In fact, Goodell indicated that more suspensions could be coming as discipline escalates in the future.
“We have to take these hits out of the game that we think have a higher risk of causing injuries, and the focus was on defenseless players,” Goodell said of his mindset toward player safety. “I think we’re going to have to continue to see discipline escalate, particularly on repeat offenders. It’s not just the defenseless player being protected, it’s the person doing the striking.”
Although Ravens safety Ed Reed won an appeal after he was initially suspended for a hit to the head, Goodell said he still wants to see players suspended if they don’t get the message when they’re fined and penalized for helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless opponents.
“Suspensions get through to them,” Goodell said.
And Goodell wants to get through to players that if hits on defenseless players continue, the discipline will escalate.