As the NFL continues to search for ways to eliminate risky hits, one idea being discussed is adding a targeting rule that would mirror the one already used in college football. Count Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner among those who would rather the National Football League avoid adding that type of regulation to its game.
"It's awful", Wagner told ProFootballTalk Wednesday. "You can just see it now".
The college rule includes a player being ejected from a game should officials deem that he in fact targeted an opposing player.
Conversation regarding the rule change comes on the heels of three player suspensions this week.
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Bobby Wagner does not want to see the NFL adopt a targeting rule along the lines of what has been implemented in college football.
After Monday night's game between the Bengals and the Steelers that featured several punishing, terrifying hits, it's clear something has to change in regards to the NFL's current targeting rule.
"There has to be some changes", Wagner said. "You can (be) conscious of it but I don't think it's all on the defense even though I feel like we are trying to do a better job of making sure we're not using our head". "What's a hit that's worthy of ejection?"
Per NFL.com's Judy Battista, Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, said the league is considering the addition of a targeting rule and is also exploring a punishment schedule for "non-football acts".
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