NFL To Punish Teams For Illegal Hits

NFL to fine teams for flagrant hits

      INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NFL will punish teams next season if
their players commit multiple flagrant hits that result in fines.
      League vice president Adolpho Birch said Tuesday the discipline
will be financial, although he didn't rule out Commissioner Roger
Goodell's applying further punishment such as stripping clubs of
draft choices.
      Citing the “notion of club accountability,” Birch says the
details of the plan haven't been worked out. He says as a team's
total fines increase “to a certain threshold, we will enforce some
… payback to encourage clubs to stay below that threshold.”
      The NFL began a crackdown on illegal hits, particularly those to
defenseless players, last October.
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