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” All defensive players have to deal with that,” Boldin said. “It’s tough on defensive players on those defenseless receiver calls because they come in and then the receiver drops his shoulder and they hit in the (head). And they get a penalty.
“So maybe they aren’t sure and that’s bad. This game is played too fast to worry about that, but they do have to worry.”
The NFL isn’t going to back down on its emphasis on player safety, of course. It is facing at least 175 lawsuits as more than 3,800 players have sued the league over head injuries as the concussion issue has gained attention in recent years. The total number of plaintiffs is 6,000 when spouses, relatives and other representatives are included.
So the emphasis on eliminating what Ray Anderson, the league’s main disciplinarian, calls “egregious fouls” will remain.
“We will just not let up,” Anderson told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Get used to it, this will be our mantra: We have an obligation in being relentless in protecting our players.
“If they are in a defenseless position, hitting in the helmet is unnecessary. We said player health and safety is our No. 1 priority from the get-go and we have stuck to it with no apologies and no defensive attitude about it.”
Meantime, as offenses make scoreboards spin with record numbers of points, defenses try to figure out exactly what they are allowed to do.
“We are guys who are supposed to hit,” said 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who is known for his bone-crunching tackles. “We have to bring the element of fear when they come over the middle. We want receivers to think do you really want to keep coming over the middle time and time again.
“We need to make sure they don’t want to, but we need to do it the right way. But we need to figure out the right way.”
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