The NFL will keep a close eye on hits to the knees of defenseless players this season, with the possibility of extending the rules protecting such players.
If the league's competition committee finds enough evidence this season that hits to the knees are "becoming a problem," it could take action, chief of football operations Ray Anderson told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The committee could make a recommendation to the owners next March to prohibit direct hits to the knees of defenseless players. The owners would then vote on such a change.
The NFL created this problem when it started going after hits to the head. Players are now going low to avoid fines and penalties. If the NFL bans low tackles (NFL defenders define defenseless, please), you might as well turn the whole thing into flag football.