Originally written September 27, 2012 on Next Impulse Sports:

Via Cosby Sweaters:

During a punt return in the first quarter of Thursday Night’s game between the Ravens and Browns, Cleveland punt returner Joshua Cribbs got leveled and knocked out by a vicious hit by Baltimore’s Dannell Ellerbe.

Cribbs was able to get up and walk off the field on his own power.

Let the record show that Cribbs came out against the NFL and the referee situation before the game:

“Who polices the NFL and holds them accountable?” Josh Cribbs said. “It’s just very unfortunate. A lot of times we have to scream and yell at the refs the rules. We have to help them with some calls. It’s unfortunate for them. I feel sorry for them. Like Coach said, we do have to beat that team and the refs as well.”

 

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22 Comments:
  • That is a vicious helmet to helmet hit. What was he trying to do kill him? Was he penalized? Such violence should get him a large fine and suspension without pay.
  • STFU.
  • Watch the video again, bone head!...It was his shoulder...CLEAN but brutal hit! Its football.
  • yes, STFU, indeed... I was there..saw it in real time...he lead with his shoulder...nice try for a stir...or just another "misinformed"
  • oh wait...i get what's going on...wish i had a job like that.."burgerboy'...haha...yeah, okay..i took your bait...(will u be gone after u get "substantial interest"?..or just 'promoted" to editor?)
  • All three of you replying to Burgerboy's post are morons. I could watch the video 113 times and every time it would be a helmet to helmet hit. It doesn't matter if he lead with his shoulder, one helmet hit another helmet and that by defenition is a helmet to helmet hit. That doesn't mean it wasn't legal within the rules, but it was dangerous. Furthermore this has turned into a punk brute force game instead of technique. How about a friggen tackle for once instead of this crap. Look at the intent of the tackler here. I garauntee it wasn't to tackle him. He wanted to jar the return man so hard that he might fumble. Either way it's an unneccesary meathead move that will only cause injury.
  • I'm sure that's a concussion--that was one brutal hit!
  • It is known among football helmet manufactures that a much more protective helmet could be made but it would cost about 4 or 5 times more than the present ones so they think sales would go way down and they won't even do an upgrade to the existing fasteners that do not not keep a helmet on during an extra hard hit. My son is a certified mechanical engineer and he showed me a few new original fastener designs that are near fool and extra hard hit proof that would not be much more espensive than the present too small simple snaps.
  • When is the hair thing goine to go away? I mean how can a helmet fit properly with these guys trying to put 10 lbs of hair in a helmet. It gets to a point where pro football players are going to the salon to get their hair done and for what? So their hair can hang out of their helmets and make a fashion statement? First, it is no longer original. Second,no way are helmets fitting properly and anyone who has worn a football helmet knows it is all about the fit. I fell bad for this guy . . . I am glad he is ok.
  • I agree, there getting paid a ton of money, so they should look like it! And its safer.
  • Dirty hit....shoulder to helmet only takes a man down if you...knock him out. I would fine the player who made the hit.
  • Its not a dirty hit unless it was intentional. The runner was carrying the ball on the side the hit came from. I beleive the guy was trying for a big hit to knock the ball out and missed because of the runner himself moving and being tackled by another player. I don't see any intentional hit to the head here.
  • ya it was a really hard hit and i hope he dosent suffer any long term effects from it,but it was a clean hit. and the nhl my be on the way to lockout but the nahl plays tonight @ 7:05.
    hell ya!!!
  • F the Ravens!!
  • This is a vicious, but clean hit. You can see the tackler actually "dip" his head AWAY from the runner, not INTO him so there is no Leading with the Head. The brunt if not all of the contact to the runner's helmet was with the tackler's shoulder.

    What never ceases to amaze me about people's thoughts and comments about these hits is the total disregard to the fact that there is ALWAYS at least 2 players involved, the "Hitter" and the "Hitt-ee". Both are moving and neither can either know or control the movements of the other. A tackler can have his body in position to make a perfect, text book form tackle and the runner can make a move with his body at the last instant that results in head to head contact. Almost always, the tackler is assumed to be the player initiating the head to head hit and if anyone is penalized on the play it is the tackler.

    There may very well be some players out there who target an opponent's head, but I don't think that is the majority. Players are definitely trying to make a BIG HIT. Big Hits are part of the game. They pump up your team and a lot of times create turnovers. But in most cases, I beleive the head to head contact is incidental and sometimes unavoidable. The league has replay capabilities. I think ALL plays such as this should be reviewable. Most of the time when the replay is slowed down, you can tell what's what.
  • FACT ... guys with long dred locks whatever hair > lose their helmuts FAR more often than guys with normal hair ...
  • did you noticed it was the punt returner that lowered his helmet to make a hit...DUMB thing to do
  • If you want to stop leading with the helmet, it's simple, do away with the helmets. That's the way football was played originally.
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