DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles is laid out
DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles is laid out by Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both players were injured on the play and had to be helped off the field.
The hit that started it all?
The Sunday that placed the spotlight directly on blows to the head was Oct. 17, when a trio of players drew major fines and drove the NFL to enhance the enforcement of its policy on blows to the head. In this one, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson knocked Eagles receiver and return man DeSean Jackson out of the game in the second quarter and left both players with concussions. Robinson was fined $50,000 for the hit, though that fine was later reduced.
The costliest hit
Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison became the poster child for the NFL's policy on dangerous hits. And his most famous, and expensive, was this hit on the Browns' Mohamed Massaquoi on Oct. 17, one of two in the game which drew Harrison a $75,000 fine. Harrison was so angered by the fine that he initially threatened to quit football.
The ugliest hit
Brandon Meriweather of the New England Patriots also drew a fine for an Oct. 17 hit ($50,000) after launching himself helmet-first into the chin of Ravens tight end Todd Heap. In announcing the fine, NFL VP of football operations Ray Anderson called the hit 'flagrant' and 'egregious.'
Beginning of the end . . .
. . . of Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie's season. Collie took a nasty hit from Quintin Mikell (No. 27) and Kurt Coleman (No. 42) of the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 7. No players were fined and Collie suffered a concussion on the play. However, it would not be his last in 2010.
Down for the count
Because Austin Collie suffered a second concussion in a collison with Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith on Dec. 19. It was the last play of Collie's season, though the receiver recently told the Indianpolis Star that he is ready to return to the field. 'I always knew I was going to come back,' he said in May.