Originally written on Pro Football Spot  |  Last updated 11/20/14
(note: this article began following closely after the Colts/Broncos game, and was updated as news came in)I usually try not to label too many players as “dirty.” To me, that label is reserved for those who make blatant attempts to hurt another player. Then we have Kevin Vickerson of the Denver Broncos. In this video, watch what Vickerson does to Sampson Satele. Yes football fans, you saw that correctly. Kevin Vikerson, number 99, blatantly drives his elbow in to Satele’s right knee, causing him to buckle, and be out for the rest of the game. This was the same knee Satele injured previously. This also explains why Satele was furious when he was injured, and crawling away throwing his hands in the air. That was an elbow to the LCL, which hurts... a lot. Especially if it's already been injured.I’m hoping the NFL gets ahold of this video and removes Vickerson from the NFL, or at least suspends him the rest of the year. Look at what Goodell did to Suh for his stomping incident; this was even more obvious of malicious intent than that. Something needs to be done with this man, and it needs to be done soon. Updated 10/26/2013I just read this morning that Vickerson was fined 10,000 for the WWE sytle elbow on Satele. This begs me to question what Goodell was watching because being as blatant as it was, the fine is a little bit of a joke. Let’s take a look at the NFL bad boy Ndamukong Suh. Suh stomped on Green Bay Packer’s lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm and smashed his head in to the ground 3 times, thus levying a 2 game suspension and a fine. During a game with the Texans, Suh kicked Matt Shaub in the groin, rendering a $30,000 fine. After the second incident Goodell was quoted as saying, “Any time you see a play like that, you want to say, ‘Why did it happen?’ It’s hard for us to be able to determine that just from video. Those are the things that sometimes you have to talk to Ndamukong in this case, or the player, but intent is something that’s very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on.”I’m sorry Mr. Goodell, but you apparently watched a different video than I did because the intent is pretty blatant. If anything, this was a much clearer attempt to cause injury (or re-inury, if you want to think of it that way) than anything Suh has ever done.Suh may have been attempting to HURT his opponents, but Vickerson was clearly trying to injure his. There's a difference, and it's one that should work more in Suh's favor than Vickerson's when it comes to punishment. There is no place for this in professional football, and the fact that Vickerson is getting off so lightly makes Goodell look like he cares more about satisfying public outcry than punishing based on actual intent to injure.
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