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Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 11:25 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead’s helmet was taken away from him by trainers Thursday night after he was crushed on a Patriots punt by Buccaneers S Devin Holland, meaning two things happened on the play: Holland could face a fine, and it might be a little while before Woodhead is cleared to play again.

While Woodhead covered a punt midway through the fourth quarter, Holland blasted him in a blind-side hit that appeared like a helmet to helmet blow. Woodhead, who remained on his stomach for a few seconds after the hit, tried leaving the field, but he was extremely wobbly and was soon surrounded by his teammates. Trainers eventually walked him off the field, and when they got to the sideline, they took away his helmet.

After the game, Woodhead told reporters he was fine.

While working with the first team offense in the Patriots 31-14 win against Tampa Bay, Woodhead gained 63 yards on five carries and looked just as good as he did last year in his breakout rookie season.

Until Holland smashed him. And it might mean Holland is going to be hearing from the commissioner’s office sooner rather than later.



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Comments

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:40 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

So help me out here.  Holland is an undrafted Rookie FA.  Let's say the league comes down hard and fines him $25,000-$50,000.  How the hell does this young kid pay the NFL if he is cut?



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:31 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

1) Woodhead isn't a starter.  2) The starters didn't play in the second half, only the first.  And 3) the Pats are running up the score by having Woodhead out there on punt coverage??  Really?  God you're an imbecile.

Talk about being an imbecile. Woodhead is a starter. He started this very game at running back. He's also listed as a starter on the Patriots' , which uses a two-back set by default. And while he likely won't be the primary back on first and second down in the regular season (that's obviously still the Law Firm), Woody's the third-down RB and the one most often used in three-wide sets, etc. He also regularly played in kick and punt coverage throughout the whole game last season, so him being in there in the fourth quarter isn't surprising -- though I'll admit someone should have had the sense to get him out earlier.

But hey, don't let a little thing like ignorance of the facts stop you from calling other people imbeciles. It's just the Internet, after all.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:25 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

1) Woodhead isn't a starter.  2) The starters didn't play in the second half, only the first.  And 3) the Pats are running up the score by having Woodhead out there on punt coverage??  Really?  God you're an imbecile.
 



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:45 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

Good hit? Bad hit? illegal hit? doesn't matter it is football and it happens. But trust me when I say Bill will remember that and so will Woodhead. What comes around goes around. Like Karma. To me its a cheap shot, but the guy is trying to make a roster and that hit probably gave him a better chance of making it. Woody is as tough as nails. If it was Danny making that hit. The rook still would be laying there.




Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:06 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

Next time he should just let him tackle the returner instead of hitting him. It's football, no matter what they do these hits are going to happen from time to time. They will get fined and go on with their lives; if they prove to be repeat offenders they are going to lose a lot of money. Maybe in the next few years we can just make it flag football so no one gets hurt.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:36 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

That was a hell of a lot worse than what Suh got fined $20k for.
Suh got fined for being a dumbass...It'll happen again...He'll probably be suspended this year...



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:08 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

And everyone chill out on Devin Holland. The kid's a rookie (undrafted?) out of McNeese St trying to make a pro football team.That kind of hit's legal in college, right? It's not like he had a lengthy training camp to help break him of old habits.

This is WHY you don't play your starters much in the preseason. You have rookies and free agents who are trying desperately to impress a coach and make a team. These guys don't care if you're Peyton Manning or Joe Blow from West Podunk High School. They're headhunting...trying to get a job. Don't fault the kid for his hustle or his desperation. I hope he gets a roster spot.

All that said, I truly hope Danny Woodhead's alright. As much as I dislike the Patriots, that kid's a player. I wish nothing but the best for him.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:57 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

This is CBS....why the hell is it a shot off of someone's television?  Hackjob!  Looks like something from youtube!

That's probably because it's from YouTube. Nice going.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:29 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

If you dont see were that is a helmet to helmet hit your blind as a bat. That was a dirty play no matter how you shake it. And one that didnt need to be made. He is 5'6 no need to headfirst lunge because if you thought about it you'd know doing so will prob get you a fine. Not a fan of either team but cant stand players who hit like this. Things like this is why the NFL is taking so many precautions like the retarded kickoff rule.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:48 am
 

Danny Woodhead smashed on punt return (VIDEO)

This is CBS....why the hell is it a shot off of someone's television?  Hackjob!  Looks like something from youtube!


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