The NFL just recently settled a lawsuit regarding its alleged involvement regarding head injuries and concussions in the last month for nearly a billion dollars.
The problem is that some players have not gotten the message and maybe it is because the league has been slow to levy harsher penalties on those defensive players who continue to hunt for the heads of opposing offensive receivers and backs.
Today, the NFL has dropped a one-game suspension on Tampa Bay Bucs free safety Dashon Goldson for delivering an illegal headshot to New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles. Goldson received this suspension from the league that described the “tackle” on Sproles as a “fragrant and repeat violation” of its hitting policies.
I bring this penalty to Green Bay Packers fans’ attention after Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather lowered the boom on Packers running back Eddie Lacy and gave him a concussion. Of course, in an act of apparent poetic justice, Meriweather put himself out of Sunday’s contest after he attempted a similar head shot on running back James Starks.
This alleged improper on-field behavior is not Meriweather’s first infraction. He has been fined nearly $100,000 for league infractions in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
It is time for the NFL to send a strong message that this type of hitting can no longer be tolerated. Suspensions, not fines should be the order of the day for such hits. That is the only thing that these types of players understand.
It protects the game. It protects the players. It is high time that NFL players practice the proper way to tackle and not be worried about getting on ESPN’s top 10 plays of the week.