CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 23: Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears makes a reception against Bradie James #56 of the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on September 23, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cowboys won 34-10.
As you may have heard this week, the National Football League is taking some drastic measures in their fight against a rash of head injuries.
This week, James Harrison was fined $75,000 by the league for a pair of hits in Sunday’s Steelers-Browns game; New England’s Brandon Meriweather was fined $50,000 for a hit on Baltimore’s Todd Heap, as was Atlanta’s Dunta Robinson for his hit on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson.
Beyond merely fining players, the league has said that players will be suspended for such hits in the future, a move that has many defensive players around the league crying foul. They argue that the new rules, in most cases anyway, go directly against their instincts as a football player, which is probably a valid argument--in most cases.
Unlike in the case of Pittsburgh’s Harrison, the new rules don’t have Bradie James contemplating retirement. Not yet, anyway.
"We're going to be playing flag football in five years," James said. “That’s what I think. ...I’m going to be sitting behind a desk somewhere.”
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