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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline is calling out Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger for his hit on Dolphins TE Dustin Keller. The hit has knocked Keller out for the season.
Swearinger has come out and said that the low hit was because he didn’t want to go high and get a flag.
“It’s crap,” Hartline told the Joe Rose show about the excuse from Swearinger. “I mean I think that, me personally, if you’re telling me, ‘Oh, I’m so worried about going high or hurt[ing] the head,’ you consciously went low then, is what you’re trying to tell me.”
The big issue is that the NFL has put so much emphasis on concussions and head injuries that players have been forced to think if a high hit will cost them to much money and possibly playing. Thus, they go low and the chance of a torn ACL to a player has little to no consequence for a defender.
There is an unwritten rule about going low in the NFL. Many players consider it a cheap shot and so dangerous to a players career that players just aren’t supposed to do it. But what is a player supposed to do when the rules say you can’t hit high and the unwritten rules say you can’t hit low. That gives a defender like Swearinger who is known for his big hits, and wants to keep it that way, a very limited option on how and where to hit an opposing player.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio believes that a quarterback style limit on hitting could be coming for all players. Would they call this new rule the “Keller Rule” or the “Swearinger Rule?” We’re not sure, but if you’re a fan of big hits and the toughness of football, you might have to start looking somewhere else.
We are sure Swearinger meant to say Dustin Keller, not Justin Keller.
Everybody pray 4 justin keller….i pray you have a speedy recovery bro…and kill it when you get back…. DEFINITELY wasnt intentional..
— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) August 18, 2013