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Should the NFL have a priority crackdown on helmet to helmet hits?

PHILADELPHIA (KTRE/AP) - Seeing Austin Collie motionless on the turf made some people wonder if it will take a suspension or two before the NFL's crackdown on illegal tackles hits home.

The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver suffered a concussion on a second-quarter hit to his head Sunday by Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. Collie was carted off the field on a stretcher, but was "awake and alert in the (locker) room," coach Jim Caldwell said after the Eagles' 26-24 victory.

When the league said it would begin handing out suspensions for flagrant fouls against defenseless players, complaints from the defensive side of the ball couldn't have been louder. But there was a quick reduction in those illegal hits, and no one has been banned since the NFL handed out $175,000 in fines to three players on Oct. 19.

Still some observers have said helmet to helmet hits can't be kept out of football, it's part of the game. "Whether you enjoy it or not, it's how most plays are going to end."

Others contend there's a bigger issue to decide and that is "Where do we draw the line?"

So, is it time for the NFL to get drastic and start making this a major priority? Some proponents say "yes" and note the change would be to protect the player doing the hitting as much as the player being hit.

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