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04-26-2011, 10:14 PM
Section 409
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Originally Posted by Fitzy Duke of NY View Post
I'm still worried about this 'act of throwing the ball' potential rule for hitting the QB. Anyone know what the story is with that?

That was more hot air than anything, not much to worry about.

This is the new rule:

Illegal acts that jeopardize the safety of players will not be tolerated. The League will continue to stress enforcement of the personal foul rules, with special emphasis on the unnecessary roughness and roughing the passer rules that prohibit hits on players in defenseless positions, including passers in the act of passing, receivers in the process of attempting to catch a pass, a runner whose forward progress has been stopped and is already in the grasp of a tackler, a kickoff or punt returner attempting to field a kick, and a player on the ground at the end of a play

NFL rules provide special protection to defenseless players, by prohibiting (a) hits delivered to their head or neck area by an opponent with his helmet (including facemask), forearm, or shoulder, and (b) hits delivered by an opponent with his helmet (including the top/crown and forehead/"hairline" parts) against any part of the defenseless player's body (i.e., "butting, spearing, or ramming" a defenseless player.)

Defenseless players are defined as (a) a player in the act of or just after throwing a pass;
It's just a re-wording won't have any real effect.

The only real change is that a player is more likely to be suspended now, rather than fined.

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