The hot topic among defensive players after two weeks of NFL preseason games has been what hits are legal. The subject was spurred by the NFL fining Chicago Bears linebacker Jon Bosticfor a high hit, while Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger received no penalty for his season-ending hit on Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller.
Bostic was fined $21,000 for hitting San Diego Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie with the crown of his helmet, according to NFL vice president for officiating Dean Blandino. Sutton told his players to watch what is being penalized -- even after the fact -- and react accordingly.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor