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Ed Reed: Really, NFL?

OK, so I get the whole concussion issue. I get the lawsuits. I get the appalling toll concussions take. I get why the NFL is scared to death of this issue, because, left unaddressed, it's not too melodramatic to say it could be the downfall of America's pre-eminent sports empire.

But then I watch the video of Ed Reed's hit on Emmanuel Sanders, and I'm left wondering what the league wants defensive players to do without chucking in the towel and just going to straight two-hand touch.

In case you missed it, Reed was suspended one game for his hit on Sanders Sunday. I've watched the hit several times now, and it's a textbook open-field DB-on-wideout tackle. Reed leads with his shoulder. His head is up and not being used as a weapon. The resulting helmet-to-helmet contact is clearly -- clearly -- incidental.

Yet he gets a one-game sitdown. And, yes, I realize it's a repeat offender thing.

Still. How would the league suggest he have played that any differently? Without, you know, just letting the guy catch the ball and go?

Gentlemen? Some clarification, please?

Ben Smith's blog.

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