Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/19/14
A new report claims the NFL will monitor hits to the knees of defenseless players this season, with the possibility of extending rules protecting players even further. The league’s chief of football operations, Ray Anderson, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that if the NFL’s competition committee sees enough evidence this season that hits to the knees are “becoming a problem” it could take action. The committee could make a recommendation next March to the owners to ban hits to the knees of defenseless players. The owners would then have to vote on a change. The league has outlawed hits to the head and neck of defenseless players, but two preseason incidents have raised concerns that players will begin to target knees now. Hits that injured Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller and Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams have drawn complaints from players. Keller is out for the year with several torn knee ligaments and Williams has a hyperextended knee. Anderson had ...
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