In the wake of the Texans losing Brian Cushing to a torn ACL on a questionable block (Pete Prisco took a closer look at it here) from the Jets Matt Slauson, there's plenty of chatter around the league about reforming cut blocks.
"In a league that talks about taking care of defenseless players and people in defenseless positions, that's a situation right there, there's nothing you can do to defend yourself," Allen said on NFL AM. "He can't get his hands down -- that's an outside end cut block. For me, there's no place [for] that. You take a guy's knee, he may never be the same player after that. If we're going to talk about player safety, there needs to be equality amongst all players.
"My knee is just as valuable as Tom Brady's, in my eyes. There's some hits on the defensive side that could be illegal and probably save some defensive players."
Technically speaking, Allen's knee probably isn't quite as valuable as Brady's, simply based on contract value plus football-field value to a team. But in the world of being fair and healthy, his knee is absolutely on par with Brady's.
And if you want to broaden things out, it certainly should be more fair between defensive and offensive players. Slausen was eventually fined $10,000 and the league ruled that the hit was illegal.
But defensive players have it beaten into their brains that they can't hit quarterbacks illegally. As Allen pointed out, there's a sweet spot between the neck and the knee to make contact with a quarterback and hitting them in the back of the knee will get you in hot water.
It's not unreasonable for defensive players to have the equal expectations for fair play and health while they're on the same playing field.
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