The rant ...

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The subject of helmet-to-helmet hits in the CFL is heating up once again.

It comes on the heels of Roughriders defensive tackle Scott Schultz's bone-jarring hit on Argos quarterback Spergon Wynn Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

Schultz wasn't penalized for the smack, but he spoke to Argos coach Pinball Clemons after the game.

"I talked to Pinball and told him it was a clean hit," Schultz told The Leader-Post. "I told him I don't play that way. He told me they respected how I played, they knew I wasn't that type of player and that they knew it wasn't a cheap shot."

In Schultz's defence, it appeared that Wynn dropped his head slightly before he got hit. Schultz appeared to be aiming for Wynn's torso but instead got his head.

The Argos are now saying that they might request the CFL to look at it, and George Black, the league's director of officiating, said he might analyse it as well.

Regardless of Schultz's clean reputation, the circumstances surrounding the hit and Pinball's post-game words, Schultz needs to be suspended.

These kinds of hits are happening with a little too much regularity these days, so it's time to send a message.

Some are suggesting making it a 30-yard penalty.

That would work, too, but something definitely has to be done.

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