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This hit looks like a defenseless wide receiver, notwhat happened to Ochocinco
The NFL has changed multiple rules recently to make the game safer for its players. The NFL was seeing too many players getting injured, and owners were becoming concerned that their investments were being injured at too high a rate.
That, coupled with the recent findings on concussions and brain damage amongst football players, led the NFL to make some changes.
Not all of them have been great.
The kickoff rule is certainly among the worst in history, and plenty of people have expressed their disappointment.
Mason Foster was fined under the defenseless-receiver rule.
In short this rule can be described as strange.
Certainly, a receiver who has left his feet cannot control his body or brace for a hit, but players on the ground can.
The defenseless receiver rule also has a clause that can be summed up as follows: A player who has control of the ball and two feet on the ground but has not started to make a running motion is considered defenseless.
A player who has his feet on the ground and the ball is not defenseless. They can guard from taking a hit.
As Ochocinco would say, child please.