Players say new safety rules are changing way game is played

The worry surrounding dangerous play in the NFL was examined from a number of angles prior to Sunday's games.

In light of the injury to Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, The Buffalo News looked at how the vulnerability to injury puts mobile quarterbacks at risk.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speculated that with new NFL tackling rules, there will be more low hits like the one that sidelined Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. The report cited Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam's hit on Cobb, but also included comments from Packers secondary coach Darren Perry and safety Chris Banjo.

And the Plain Dealer also looked at how defenders find themselves on the defensive about low hits. The example the Plain Dealer used was the hit by Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson that sidelined Manuel.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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