Defender: I Tackled Keller Low to Avoid Fines
The NFL's emphasis on fining "helmet-to-helmet" hits may make players vulnerable to being hit low, which could potentially be more damaging.
Case in point: Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger, whose gruesome hit on former New York Jets and current Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller and knocked him out for the season, said he did not want to hit Keller high because he was afraid of being fined.
He said he went low because, "In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine."
"The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened," Swearinger told the Palm Beach Post. "I would think you’d rather have more concussions than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can’t come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple of weeks."