NFL says suspensions for dangerous hits will be enforced immediately
NFL players will be subject to immediate suspension for dangerous and flagrant hits, the league has announced.
Suspensions, according to the Associated Press, also could be handed out for hits that occurred Sunday. Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of football operations, stressed earlier today that these are not new rules. Only the enforcement is changing.
Players formerly were fined or ejected for illegal hits. This change in approach comes after a Sunday marred by helmet-to-helmet and dangerous hits that left several players injured. There's a sense of urgency now, one that, Anderson told Peter King of Sports Illustrated, was heightened Saturday night when Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand was paralyzed on a helmet-to-helmet hit. "He could have been one of us,'' Anderson said.
| October 19, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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