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NFL players might start receiving suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits

October 18, 2010 | 10:34 am

NFL players might soon be suspended for dangerous helmet-to-helmet hits, vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told the Associated Press on Monday.

Sunday's games provided several possible reasons why Anderson might be talking about the subject. Here's one, Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson getting drilled by Atlanta's Dunta Robinson during the Eagles' 31-17 victory over the Falcons:


Here are two more, both provided by Pittsburgh's James Harrison, who knocked Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi out of the game in the Steelers' 28-10 victory over the Browns:


“There's strong testimonial for looking readily at evaluating discipline, especially in the areas of egregious and elevated dangerous hits,” said Anderson, who added that the changes could come quickly, after approval from Commissioner Roger Goodell and consultation with the players union.

“Going forward there are certain hits that occurred that will be more susceptible to suspension. There are some that could bring suspensions for what are flagrant and egregious situations.”

-- Chuck Schilken