Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 for his brutal hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during last Sunday’s game–which has brought up an interesting topic on how the NFL handles quarterbacks when they suffer concussions.
Unfortunately, concussions has been a hot topic in the league over the last couple of years when it comes to certain hits and Sunday’s game between the Texans and Bears is the perfect example as to why. The argument can be made that Dobbins’ hit on Cutler was a cheap shot considering how close he was to crossing the line of scrimmage, but the fact that Cutler was forced to miss the second half with a concussion is a major reason for concern.
When looking at how other sport leagues handle this situation, the fact that Dobbins was allowed to remain in the game after this type of hit is ridiculous considering he would have been ejected if he were playing in a league like the NHL. Despite being praised for how he handled the situation with Dobbins, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to do a better job when it comes to protecting quarterbacks.
Player safety has been a major issue in the league over the last couple of years and if Goodell continues to allow players to remain in the game after vicious hits like Dobbins displayed on Cutler last Sunday–it will only hurt his legacy more as a commissioner.
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