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Helmet-to-helmet hits: The NFL’s dizzying lapses

Anyone with two eyes and instant replay can tell that the National Football League still isn’t doing enough to police the helmet-to-helmet hits that can lead to brain injuries.

In a nationally televised game on September 15, defensive safety Brandon Meriweather of the Washington Redskins, a former New England Patriot, launched into Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, smashing into his head and giving him a game-ending concussion. Later, Meriweather, who has been fined three times since 2010 for helmet-to-helmet hits, knocked himself out of the game with a helmet hit on Packers running back James Starks. In another game, star Houston receiver Andre Johnson was slammed out of action as Tennessee Titan Bernard Pollard launched his shoulder into Johnson’s head. None of those plays resulted in on-field penalties.

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