SNYDER: Gray areas abound in determining what’s clean, what’s dirty in NFL

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Players within teams always have found ways to motivate and reward each other for significant plays such as big hits or turnovers. If the big hit caused a player to exit the game or be removed on a stretcher, so be it.

But faced with a slew of lawsuits as it makes a push to increase player safety, the NFL can’t sanction a system that specifically rewards knockouts and cart-offs.

You might call that semantics, but I call it common sense.

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