Report: NFL looking into punishing hit by Dunta Robinson
The officials on the field deemed Dunta Robinson’s crushing blow on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to be illegal Sunday night.
The folks at the NFL office could be delving into the matter a little further.
According to the Associated Press, the league will review the big pop Robinson put on Maclin in the third quarter, a similar shot to the one he leveled Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson with last season. Both Robinson and Jackson suffered concussions on that play. Maclin was slow to come off the field but did return to the game.
Robinson was fined $25,000 last season and could be in line for increased discipline as a repeat offender. Officials on the field said he led with his helmet. Falcons coach Mike Smith disagreed.
“That's the way we teach it,” Smith said. “My opinion didn't change.”
The NFL is out to curb some of the violence and dangerous hits. Fines are going to be replaced by suspensions for some. It’s the only way to really grab the attention of players. We’ll see if Robinson gets in trouble here.
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