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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.

By Cindy Boren  | October 19, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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This is a rule only a Liberal could love... rules, regulations, legislation, litigation? It's the Dem Party way. I want to puke!

Posted by: egrib | October 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Not only should enforcement be beefed with game suspensions, but it should be illegal to hit offense players in the head. Period. Stay away from the head area is the only way to keep these players from becoming paralyzed as defensive players grow larger, faster and stronger. NFL should summon the courage to issue this as new rule: no hitting the head of offensive player. Period.

Posted by: bovey43livecom | October 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

The regulation is sensable. From a medical point creates lasting, serious injury. We are talking not foor, ankle or knee damage, but the brain. How is this a partisan issue? If you want to examine from only a financial and spectator view; it also makes more sense to have some guidelines. Allow legal, hard hit, but head butts are dumb. More players just sent off the field, missed games, and lost. revenue.

Posted by: mars11 | October 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The regulation is sensable. From a medical point creates lasting, serious injury. We are talking not foor, ankle or knee damage, but the brain. How is this a partisan issue? If you want to examine from only a financial and spectator view; it also makes more sense to have some guidelines. Allow legal, hard hits, but head butts are dumb. More players just sent off the field, missed games, and lost revenue.

Posted by: mars11 | October 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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