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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

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Undetectable damage

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The NFL needs to immediately start suspending players who deliver helmet-to-helmet hits. There's no grey area here, you either use your helmet as a weapon or you don't. Defensive players will complain and raise hell about the matter, but it's actually good for them too.

Take a look at the top four hits last week. Three out of four of those hits were helmet-to-helmet hits with Darrelle Revis' hit on Eddie Royal coming oh so close to being helmet-to-helmet, too. There was another hit by Brandon Merriweather on Todd Heap of Baltimore that was egregiously over the top as well. It's called helmet-to-helmet, there are two helmets involved, two heads, more importantly two brains. It doesn't take a genius to realize the risk you take playing this game, that's why the average career is only four years. Those that make it past four years are the greatly talented, lucky and Wolverine-like quick healing body types. Ever been hazed in a fraternity? They make sure they hit you where no one else can see it the next day. We can't see brain bruises with our naked eyes. I'm no doctor, but I think it's safe to assume the longer you play, the more possible brain damage you may have. For every concussion a player gets, he probably has double that amount in mild concussions that go undetected.

The defensive guys that have a problem with these new rules need to go look up Steve Smith, Los Angeles Raiders fullback, or Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer. Go see how those two are doing. There's no "direct" link to concussions, not yet at least, but it doesn't take a doctor to know that the game they loved and the way they played betrayed them. It's as if these guys forgot how to tackle. Of the five hits I've mentioned, not one of these defensive players wrapped up in anyway shape or form and none of these tackles was remotely close to what we were all taught as Pop Warner football players. Hopefully suspensions = fundamentals.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  October 19, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  | Category:  Concussions , NFL , NFL Rules , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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