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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7430214?MSNHPHMA

    Helmet-to-helmet hits to draw ejections
    Associated Press, Updated 3 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has told its officiating crews to start ejecting players for flagrant helmet-to-helmet hits.

    The new policy was outlined Saturday in a memo from supervisor of officials Mike Pereira, which was obtained by The Associated Press. It followed two fines last weekend for what the officiating department had determined were hits against players in defenseless positions.


    One fine was against Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry, who will forfeit a game check of $16,764 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens. The other was against Philadelphia defensive tackle LeJuan Ramsey, who was fined his game check of $21,176 for spearing Dallas' Julius Jones.

    Two weeks ago, San Diego cornerback Drayton Florence was fined $15,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit that gave Houston quarterback Matt Schaub a concussion.

    "Officials will be reminded this week to pay strict attention to these rules and disqualify the fouling player if the action is judged to be flagrant," Pereira wrote in the memo sent to the 32 NFL teams. "Actions that involve flagrant helmet to helmet contact are the likely acts that will include disqualification. Our commissioner and this office remain very focused on the safety of our players."

    In the memo fining Landry and Ramsey, NFL director of football operations Gene Washington said emphasis would be on hits against players in defenseless positions.

    Landry previously was fined $7,500 for two unnecessary roughness violations on Oct. 21 against Arizona. Ramsey was fined $5,000 on Oct. 14 for roughing the passer against the Jets.

    After Florence was fined, the Texans complained that the punishment wasn't severe enough.

    "We are disappointed in the sense that we have lost our starting quarterback for at least one game after the player took the crown of his helmet and delivered an illegal blow to Matt's jaw and the fine levied is only a small fraction of the player's weekly pay," general manager Rick Smith said.

    "Is that equitable? The punishment doesn't appear to fit the crime when all factors are considered."


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  • #2
    Well I think they should, atleast for a quarter or so



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    • #3
      This could get out of hand if the hits are wussy calls on QBs.

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      • #4
        I guess if the player had a chance to tackle the QB without the helmet and he hits helmet to helmet i guess thats alright but if he didnt then let them play.

        Its football ffs, Big hits are apart of Football. Players know this, i know they are trying to protect the players but anyone can injuried on any hit not just helmet t o helmet.



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        • #5
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          • #6
            I would agree with this rule on the Drayton Florence hit... When i saw that i was surprised he didn't get fined more it was an obvious blatant Dirty Hit.

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            • #7
              This is a bull **** idea

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              • #8
                If you even look at Brady,Manning or Farve wrong out comes the flag it is such a joke.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Unseen View Post
                  This could get out of hand if the hits are wussy calls on QBs.
                  Yeah, I'm so sick of the pampering of quarterbacks in this era. These guys wouldn't last a ****ing game during the 50's and 60's.

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                  • #10
                    Sigh, typical No Fun League strikes again.

                    It's not like these guys are some schlubs who come off the streets only to discover that, 'Hey, man, we can get hurt doing this!'.

                    Seriously. If you don't want to take some hits then go play flag football, sheesh.

                    I suppose that's one of the reasons I really love Adrian Peterson. He doesn't just step out of bounds and accept the yardage the defense gives him. He clashes heads and bowls through defenders. Rare to find that quality in a RB these days.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Forenci View Post
                      I suppose that's one of the reasons I really love Adrian Peterson. He doesn't just step out of bounds and accept the yardage the defense gives him. He clashes heads and bowls through defenders. Rare to find that quality in a RB these days.
                      Yep I guess LJ has 19 million reasons not to do that any more.:(

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                      • #12
                        I think players who blatantly attempt to injure should be ejected. I don't think a lot of helmet to helmet hits are intentional. In the NFL guys are flying around out of control all the time trying to make plays, penalizing for accidental helmet to helmet hits is not the answer.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Komp View Post
                          I think players who blatantly attempt to injure should be ejected. I don't think a lot of helmet to helmet hits are intentional. In the NFL guys are flying around out of control all the time trying to make plays, penalizing for accidental helmet to helmet hits is not the answer.
                          Agreed.

                          If it's a blatant attempt to injure (ehm - Wilfork on Losman), it should be an ejection (and suspension). But, I'd hate to see a star player get thrown out late in a tie game for some ******** call. As Komp said, it happens... players are flying around and someone is bound to get hit by a helmet.

                          This will eventually backfire, though. The ******** flag will be thrown when the first game-changing ejection (on a bad call) is made.
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                          • #14
                            lame.Football is a collision sport.
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                            • #15
                              My first reaction is this is a good idea. Especially when Laron Landry decided he needed to headbutt Kellen Clemons going full speed. No helmet collision while Landry was trying to sack him, just a heatbutt going full speed after the ball was thrown.

                              But........

                              Originally posted by The Unseen View Post
                              This could get out of hand if the hits are wussy calls on QBs.
                              Unseen's right. Over the past two years I've seen some of the biggest bull**** roughing the passer calls ever and I remember Osi Umenyiora letting Vince Young go because he was afraid he was next.

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