The league is working to prevent concussions, mainly due to a class action lawsuit against them by former players dealing with brain damage. While the rule has been the subject of much controversy because of what it can take away from the game, the NFL has always stressed that safety was it's number one priority.
That might not completely be the case.
Miami's Dustin Keller suffered a brutal hit in yesterday's preseason game from Houston's D.J. Swearinger. All according to the rules.
Palm Beach Post:
“I was making a hit playing football,” Swearinger said, via Andrew Abramson of thePalm Beach Post. “In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine. . . .
“The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened. I would think you’d rather have more concussions than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can’t come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple in a couple of weeks.”
The Miami Dolphins have now lost a key piece of their offense in horrific fashion. Keller tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and dislocated the knee cap.
Swearinger was just following the rules though.
The fact of the matter is, football is a violent sport and you cannot avoid injuries. While concussions are a serious concern, it's trading off one horrible injury for another. Until they make the league flag football, you're going to continue seeing these types of injuries. It's a sport where people hit eachother. If the trade off for avoiding hitting to the head, is brutally mutilating knees, is that any more just?
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