In response to the NFL’s new disclipline for illegal and dangerous hits by players, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was very vocal today about his disagreement with it, expressing shock at the punishments.
Urlacher was quoted as saying in a Chicago Tribune article, ”It’s freaking football. There are going to be big hits. I don’t understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting. And I can’t understand how they can suspend us for it. I think it’s a bunch of bull (crap).
“You know what we should do? We should just put flags on everybody. Let’s make it the NFFL — the National Flag Football League. It’s unbelievable.”
Earlier this week in response to the new rules, the NFL did not suspend any players but fined three for hits they determined were illegal. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison got hit with a $75,000 fine and $50,00 fines were doled out by the NFL to New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Harrison is so upset, he’s contemplating retirement. And this was only the first week. Time will tell when the suspensions start to roll in.
Urlacher’s final comment in the article? ”They want safety for us, but it’s not going to always be that way. This is football.”
Meanwhile, Urlacher sat on the sidelines for practice today; he reportedly has a groin injury. There’s been no mention of his status for Sunday. Fellow linebacker Lance Briggs sat out with him, nursing an ankle injury.
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Written by Debbie Baratz