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The NFL announced Tuesday that three players -- Pittsburgh's James Harrison ($75,000), New England's Brandon Meriweather ($50,000) and Atlanta's Dunta Robinson ($50,000) -- have been fined a total of $175,000 for flagrant violations of player safety rules.

 

The fines were issued by NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson, who informed the players Tuesday. In letters to each player, Anderson said, "Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension."

 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81b75043/article/nfl-fines-three-players-a-total-of-175k-for-flagrant-violations

 

 

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Jackson was not simply running. He had to jump up to catch the ball. So he is off his feet. At the colision point where will Jacksons head be? It could be up high or low. In the fraction of a second for Robinson to react he can't figure all the physics behind that.

 

I see it much like Ray Lewis' hit on Chad Johnson last yr. I don't think that was a dirty hit either.

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This is all good news. The players can learn to hit hard while making a sound tackle. In rugby you absolutely have to tackle a certain way and it doesn't limit the tenacity of that game, why should the NFL allow players to permanently ruin players' lives with big hits. Tackles can be made with precision and power without helmet to helmet and unnecessary defenseless hits.

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Papa... the other piece is what you might call "blowing up" a player. Robinson in many ways did what Merriweather did. He came in low, with his head forward, and then lifted his head through the hit... he came up and under. Had he truly been making a clean hit, even with his head down/out front, his arms should have been out to wrap up and he should not have 'popped up' at the end. He should have 'driven through.'

 

Notice... had Robinson not nearly knocked himself out cold as well, he would have wound up standing. To go from bent at the hip to standing in the course of a hit is almost a sure sign you were leading with the head and attempting to pop under another player's helmet.

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