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D.J. Swearinger lands clean hit on Wes Welker

Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger (36) before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Swearinger landed a big hit on Wes Welker in a brutal collision during the Texans Broncos matchup. It was a clean play by D. J. but the collision was hard enough to cause a concussion.  That is not an outcome anyone wants to see.  After the play Manning had said something to Swearinger, there was from the video a lot of trash talking from D.J. He was pumped and obviously upset at getting flagged and then barked at.  He didn’t really have anytime to make a decision on what to do. If Welker hadn’t tried to go low it would have been fine. I ask the NFL, what was Swearinger supposed to do? If he sees the collision is imminent and dodges because Welker is starting to duck his head doesn’t that just giver the receivers incentive to fake a low move to make defenders abort a hit?  The hit was so big, that after this play Manning tossed a touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders then ran over to earn his first taunting penalty ever by giving DJ some “choice words”.

Watch the video, you see it was a bang, bang type play.  Had Welker not gone low that would have not resulted in a hit to the head.  Swearinger plays hard nosed football.  A clean play with bad results for Welker.

 

Safety is important, concussions are not to be dismissed out of hand however this is a contact sport with grown men colliding, violently sometimes. It was a good play by Swearinger with unfortunate results. The receivers have an obligation as well to avoid endangering themselves. There are no win scenarios. I think this was one of those. Regardless Swearinger is going to be paying the NFL a fine at some point next week, and that’s today’s NFL. They need to consider flagging receivers for going low on a catch if they are going to throw the fines and flags out at defenders. Welker made the choice to curl up for the hit, that choice didn’t work out. Football, it can get a little rough sometimes.

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