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Pro Football Zone:
On Saturday, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about the discussion he had recently with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. Haugh and Briggs disagreed strongly about the appropriateness of Saints’ linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s year-long suspension for his role in the Bountygate scandal. Haugh challenged Briggs’ statement that Vilma’s suspension was, as he put it, “a bunch of BS,” explaining that the intent behind the suspension was to increase player awareness and safety.
“Player safety is best taken care of by providing health insurance for players’ lives… come on. It’s like asking a boxer: ‘Are your injuries related to taking blows to the head?’ We throw our bodies around. It’s physical. It’s football. You can’t stop the violence from happening,’” Briggs said.
But Haugh’s point wasn’t so much that the NFL can eliminate the seriously violent hits that occur in football, but more so that the NFL has an obligation to make the attempt at reducing the
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