NFL says what players were told about hits, fines

Posted Nov. 09, 2010, at 8:45 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 09, 2010, at 9:33 p.m.

NEW YORK — The NFL wants everyone to know what it told players months ago about illegal hits and how the disciplinary process works.

The league released Tuesday an 11-page guide that details some rules and includes black-and-white drawings of players delivering hits that aren’t allowed. That information was included in the 2010 League Policies for Players manual, distributed to players and coaches at the start of training camp.

It contains a reminder that officials unsure of whether to call a foul “should lean toward player safety and call the foul.”

The NFL also outlined the punishment and appeals process for fines and suspensions.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said recently that active players and team executives should have a say in deciding fines.

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