According to ESPN.com, the NFL will announce that all "devastating hits" and "head shots" will be subject to immediate suspensions beginning in the coming weekend of games. Even players who run afoul of such a rule for the first time will be subject to suspension, NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told the website.
"We can't and won't tolerate what we saw Sunday," Anderson told ESPN.com. "We've got to get the message to players that these devastating hits and head shots will be met with a very necessary higher standard of accountability. We have to dispel the notion that you get one free pass in these egregious or flagrant shots."
Sunday saw a number of vicious hits in which players led with their helmets, including one by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather...
Rangers ace Cliff Lee added to his dominant postseason resume, setting a new personal playoff high by striking out 13 Yankees to lead Texas to an 8-0 victory. With the win, the Rangers are now up 2-to-1 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
Lee dissected the Yankees over the course of eight innings, retiring the first 11 batters and, after issuing a two-out walk (his first in three starts this postseason) in the fourth, carrying a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings. Though the left-hander's bid for the second no-hitter of this postseason faded with Jorge Posada's broken-bat bloop single to right, Lee dominated New York, allowing just two hits in his night of work.
The Yankees advanced just one runner past first base against Lee, when Brett Gardner singled, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout in the sixth. But Mark Teixeira grounded out to end New York's only real threat of the night....
According to a report from TMZ, former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau told law enforcement that he was not trying to kill himself when he drove his Cadillac Escalade off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., on Monday morning.
Seau was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting his 25-year-old girlfriend, and claims that when his SUV went off a cliff hours later, it was as a result of him falling asleep behind the wheel. TMZ notes that there was no evidence of Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, though the former linebacker's blood was drawn, with results being expected within the next six weeks.
It appears that Marc Savard can start down the road of getting into playing shape for this season, as Peter Chiarelli recently told Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe that the center has passed the exertion test that he failed on the first day of training camp back on September 17.
Savard has been dealing with post-concussion syndrome symptoms since late in the summer, when the effects of the March 7 Matt Cooke hit prevented him from continuing his training.
Since he is on long-term injury reserve, Savard must miss the season's first 10 games and 24 days, though Shinzawa writes that Savard has skated since passing the test. The test clears Savard for more physically demanding activity, including weight lifting more intense cardio work.
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday, discussing the team's overtime victory over the Ravens, the return of Deion Branch, and Brandon Meriweather's head-to-head hit on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap.
Regarding Meriweather, who is expected to be fined for the hit in which he led with his helmet, Belichick said the safety needs to stay aggressive without crossing any lines.
"If those plays are illegal, then you can't do it. That's what the rule is and we have to play about the rules," Belichick said. "We coach that, and the players understand it. It's a split-second decision. It's no different than hitting the quarterback below the knees or above the shoulders, but again, it's the responsibility of the defender or the pass-rusher to make that contact in a legal manner, so we have to do it.
"You keep the aggressiveness. It's...
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