Say Goodbye to “Devastating Hits” in the NFL

October 19, 2010 |

After the helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens TE Todd Heap delivered by New England Patriots S Brandon Meriweather, and among other big hits throughout the weekend, the league plans to announce a new policy where players will be suspended for delivering dirty blows.

Ray Anderson, NFL’s Executive VP of football operations, gave this statement:

“We’ve got to get the message to players that these devastating hits and head shots will be met with a very necessary higher standard of accountability. We have to dispel the notion that you get one free pass in these egregious or flagrant shots.”

So what exactly is a devastating hit? I understand the deal with head shots, and I totally agree that those are mostly flagrant and unnecessary in the game. But devastating hits?