NFL to fine teams for flagrant hits

The NFL will punish teams next season if their players commit

multiple flagrant hits that result in fines.

League vice president Adolpho Birch said Tuesday the discipline

will be financial, although he didn’t rule out Commissioner Roger

Goodell’s applying further punishment such as stripping clubs of

draft choices.

Citing the ”notion of club accountability,” Birch says the

details of the plan haven’t been worked out. He says as a team’s

total fines increase ”to a certain threshold, we will enforce some

… payback to encourage clubs to stay below that threshold.”

The NFL began a crackdown on illegal hits, particularly those to

defenseless players, last October.