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NFL will look at hits to knees

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago August 27, 2013 Aug 27, 2013 Tuesday, August 27 2013 August 27, 2013 9:06 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - The NFL will keep a close eye on hits to the knees of defenseless players this season, with the possibility of extending the rules protecting such players.

Chief of football operations Ray Anderson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that if the NFL's competition committee sees enough evidence this season that hits to the knees are "becoming a problem," it could take action.

The committee could make a recommendation next March to the owners to prohibit direct hits to the knees of defenseless players. The owners would then vote on the change.

Currently, hits to the head and neck of defenseless players are outlawed.

But two direct hits to the knee in preseason games that injured Miami tight end Dustin Keller and Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams have drawn complaints from some players.

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