Fletcher Cox could be disciplined for hit on Joe Staley

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As 49ers tackle Joe Staley deals with a fractured orbital bone, the man who apparently caused it may be facing a significant consequence.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the league office is reviewing the play for discipline and possible suspension of Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox.

No clear shots of the hit have emerged; absent video evidence that the league deems to be sufficient to show the kind of hit and/or intent that would justify significant punishment, it’s hard to imagine that Cox would be suspended.

The league has imposed multiple suspensions in recent weeks, all of which have been upheld via an appeals process that delegates the resolution to a hearing officer jointly hired by the league and the NFL Players Association. The NFL currently continues to consider whether to suspend Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso for his concussion-causing hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

15 responses to “Fletcher Cox could be disciplined for hit on Joe Staley

  1. Staley is a Left Tackle. It is literally his job to get in the way of Cox and be hit instead of the QB. What am I missing?

  2. So no one’s seen the hit, but we’ll speculate that Cox could get a suspension for it? That makes a lot of sense. Hey, maybe Santa will come down my chimney tonight too!

  3. The hit occurred during an interception return, so Staley wasn’t getting between Cox and the QB. The little you can see of it on video shows Cox throwing his hands up in the air in the pose all football players take when they know they’ve done something to draw a penalty and want to pretend they’re innocent.

    In general, I’m having a hard time figuring out how you can break somebody’s orbital bone without breaking the rules, but if it’s not on the video, it didn’t happen.

  4. 1) You are missing that this was after an interception with Cox likely trailing Staley who is trying to get in position to tackle.

    2) There is no position or job where getting your eye socket broken is with legal contact.

  5. I know it’s far fetched, but without video evidence or an official seeing it happened (remember, no flag), you can’t prove it was even Cox. For all we know it could have been him poking himself in the eye when he fell.
    I know…….a stretch, but still possible.
    So without proof, or a flag,……. sorry, no suspension.

  6. Just because the TV feed did not have video does not mean the NFL doesn’t. Not to mention Staley’s firsthand account.

    I get it, you don’t want your precious DT unavailable. But what you want doesn’t alter what happened, even in the post truth era.

  7. Dirty hit from a Philthy player. Why should anyone be surprised? Suspend him!

    “Zero Super Bowl Wins in NFL History”

  8. Fletcher Cox isn’t a dirty player (and as far as I know has never been accused of being one). Whatever he did to Staley was accidental. If the league wants to suspend him for inflicting an unintentional injury on a player, that wouldn’t really surprise me, as their justice system is pretty much arbitrary.

  9. Alonzo’s hit was dirty. The guy who protected Flacco got flagged (not enforced, which I’ve never seen), then Suh’s hit was flagrant (not dirty) and no flag. Clustermess.

    Alonzo could have jumped passed him. He speared him. I’ve seen numerous people on here saying bang bang play, impossible to pull up. BS. He had at least a full stride when Flacco started to slide.

    Anyone who ever played tackle without pads knows exactly how to avoid them by jumping over or going to the side. You see some CB’s do it in the NFL all the time.

  10. Love the guy who equates the NFL with playing without pads in the backyard. Good Lord, you have no idea how fast these guys are and how you can’t stop on a dime. I understand the flag because it’s just the way the NFL protects the QB (see the perfectly legal hit Melvin Ingram laid on Trevor Siemian 2 weeks ago that was flagged), but a suspension is outrageous. It’s football & it’s getting less and less fun to watch. Suspending players for on-field infractions is NOT good for the league

  11. I don’t understand how, without film of the play, the NFL can even take the step to consider a suspension. There was no flag on the play and the Philadelphia DB had intercepted the ball and trying to make his way (which he eventually did) into the end zone. If this the flip side and it was an O-lineman laying out a D-lineman on a successful 20 yard TD run with no flag on the play, the league wouldn’t be reviewing it for a potential suspension. I know there is a rule against blocking a defenseless offensive player on a turnover, but once the turnover is established the Defenders become the offense and vice versa.

    Players get hurt all the time in football, should anything that causes an injury be considered for a suspension? If so let’s just move to flag football and be done with Sunday afternoon television.

  12. steves11 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    Fletcher Cox isn’t a dirty player (and as far as I know has never been accused of being one). Whatever he did to Staley was accidental.

    We’ve come to learn how dumb some of these NFL players are, and now we have come to learn how dumb some of their defenders are.

  13. I didn’t see anything dirty, The refs didn’t see anything dirty, but if a suspension is being brought up then the NFL might have footage of what happened. For the NFL’s sake they better show the evidence though if they want to suspend him without a huge outcry. Anything short of a punch or elbow to the eye is not going to cut it.

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