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It was unquestionably the hit of the preseason, and not in a good way — when Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore(notes) leveled Bills receiver Donald Jones(notes) during the Broncos' Saturday win over Buffalo, it put Jones on the turf for several minutes while players from both teams prayed and waited. Fortunately, Jones was able to get up from the hit and walk off the field.
"I was being a football player," Moore said after the game. "I couldn't really get to the ball to pick it off, which is what I really wanted to do. But my intention was just to hit him. Our coaches want us to be physical, so I'm going to do what I do."
That's the disconnect with pro football right now -- the speed of the game requires players to make major hits, whether the league likes it or not, and there are cases in which players collide unintentionally in ways that leave one or more players laid out. It's a byproduct of the game, like it or not.
"I didn't even know I was flagged until I ran to the sideline," Moore said. "If it was the wrong thing to do, I apologize, but at the end of the day, I mean no harm to nobody."
But again, the play was as much about the inevitable case of the NFL collisions. Moore was flagged for the play, but the thought process the NFL is carrying through when it comes to hard hits may be fundamentally flawed, and this is a good example.
"I'm not going to fault him. I don't think it was helmet to helmet," Broncos head coach Fox said after the game.
I would agree -- it looked like Moore was leading with his shoulder.
You decide after watching the hit above, dear reader — was Moore in the wrong, or was this yet another example of the NFL trying to legislate an impossible inevitability?
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