Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rivers Rule

The new rule the NFL adopted limiting blindside blocks to the head or neck of a player seems to be partly in response to the hit that ended Keith Rivers' rookie season in 2008. Rivers was crushed by the Steelers Hines Ward, a blindside hit that left Rivers with a broken jaw. The play did not result in a penalty or fine for Ward. But that was then and this is now. Under the new rule, it almost assuredly would result in a penalty. Rivers is back and working with the Bengals as part of their off season program. He didn't really want to say a lot about the new rule, but had a funny line when he was told it might be known as the "Keith Rivers Rule".
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Less injuries and less broken jaws is a good thing. Whether it be football or everyday life.

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