- Associated Press - Monday, November 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Seeing Austin Collie motionless on the turf made some people wonder if it will take a suspension or two before the NFL’s crackdown on illegal tackles hits home.

The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver suffered a concussion on a second-quarter hit to his head Sunday by Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. Collie was carted off the field on a stretcher, but was “awake and alert in the (locker) room,” coach Jim Caldwell said after the Eagles’ 26-24 victory.

When the league said it would begin handing out suspensions for flagrant fouls against defenseless players, complaints from the defensive side of the ball couldn’t have been louder. But there was a quick reduction in those illegal hits, and no one has been banned since the NFL handed out $175,000 in fines to three players on Oct. 19.

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