NFL Injuries: Are Fines Really Going To Solve the Problem?
With the NFL dishing out fines for hard hits on a more consistent basis, the key question begins to become: Will the hefty fines truly solve the problem?
After the week 6 matchups, players such as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson all received hefty fines from the league.
Harrison was fined $75,000, with Meriweather and Robinson being charged $50,000 apiece by the NFL.
"Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said in a letter to each player, according to NFL.com.
The recent increase in hard collisions and player concussions has led the league to begin fining, and possibly suspending, players who commit illegal hits.However, fining these guys may not be the best answer.
NFL players, especially those in the secondary, have begun arguing that new rules and fines are taking away from the game.
Even some of the guys absorbing those hits week-in and week-out have argued the same thing, but the NFL is only trying to keep the game safe.
Yes, it's football and it's dangerous.
But a line must be drawn somewhere, and the league is doing it's best to make a mark in the sand...
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