26 May 2005
In theory this might be a good idea, but then again, so was instant replay. Whatever the case, last season safety Roy Williams was responsible for four of the six serious injuries caused by the 'horse-collar' and this, in part, led owners to ban the maneuver. Next season it will be a 15-yard penalty. In 2006, the league will go to two-hand tag, and by 2010, it hopes to have transitioned to full-on flag football status.
Part II of our injury series: Do some injuries become more common later in the NFL season? And has the NFL succeeded in cutting down on concussions?