The NFL is cracking down on excessive/flagrant hits to protect players, so why allow them to play with broken bones?
The NFL recently started fining players and warning it would not tolerate violent hits, especially hits to the head of a player in a defenseless position. The league apparently is interested in the safety of the players, and some have theorized the league is taking such action to protect against lawsuits. They say the NFL would want to be able to defend itself in court, in the event that one of these hits terribly injures a player, that the league took the appropriate steps to protect them.
If indeed safety is a concern for the league, then why are players allowed to play with broken bones? Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre did just that Sunday...he played with two fractures in his left foot. His condition wasn't exactly a secret either...everyone knew.
Does it seem like some kind of double standard here for the NFL? It wants to protect players, bans certain hits, won't let players who've had a concussion play until cleared by a doctor, but allows players on the field with broken bones? What kind of message does that send?