Posted by Will Brinson
It would be almost surprising if no one gets suspended during Week 7's NFL action; even though the NFL made their intentions known the past week by slinging out fines like [insert your own Lindsay Lohan joke here], it's going to be tough for every single defensive player in the league to avoid landing any devastating hits.
But how long will any player making an illegal hit be suspended? Excellent question -- there's a chance that it could involve how much time the "victim" of the hit misses.
That's according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported on television that the NFL is considering suspensions that correspond to the length of time the opponent misses based on their injury.
As Michael David Smith noted at Pro Football Talk, this is a logistical nightmare, if just for the reason that suspending a superstar cornerback or linebacker for the season after another team's scrub is placed on IR with a "season-ending injury" (if you know what I mean) simply isn't fair.
That being said, the NFL could institute this "eye-for-eye" with some sort of cap -- like, hypothetically, if Todd Heap misses time because Brandon Meriweather's hit injured him, Meriweather will miss as much time as Heap, up to three weeks.
Whether or not a player purposely went after the opponent could also be a factor, but the league's shown over the past week it doesn't care much for emotions or intentions when it comes to dangerous hits, so don't count on that changing the length of suspension.
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