At this point, you get the feeling Bobby Hoying could line up at quarterback for the Eagles and have a pretty good day. But in the midst of an otherwise stellar performance, topping 300 passing yards for the third time in five career starts, Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was involved in a play that raises questions about the safety of NFL players and the long-term health of the league.

Kolb's pass to DeSean Jackson in the second quarter brought Jackson directly into the path of Falcons corner Dunta Robinson. The resulting collision earned Robinson a flag for hitting a defenseless receiver and left both players on the ground for some time. Jackson left the game with a concussion, while Robinson also failed to return.

In the wake of an incident in Saturday's Rutgers-Army game that left a Rutgers player paralyzed from the neck down, the issue of player safety is front and center in football. But was Robinson's hit dirty, poorly executed or just an unfortunate reality of a violent sport?


If you enjoyed this particular hit- you'd be better off watching (or better, starring in) a "Jackass" movie.

-- vweaver69

I'm asking how DJ was defenseless. Please explain. He caught the ball, took a step and was looking right at DR and got hit. How is that hitting a defenseless player. He had the ball in his hands. How is he not allowed to hit somebody who has the ball in his hands?

-- Snymax721

"Safety for players" WHAA! "These are human beings" Whaa!! Quit crying .... The guys are paid millions to play. safety is a risk they take. Go watch "Steel magnolias" There are real football fans here.

-- Calstl32

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