CFL needs to crack down on vicious hits

Stampeders runningback Jon Cornish takes a nasty hit from Alouettes defender Kyries Hebert during...

Stampeders runningback Jon Cornish takes a nasty hit from Alouettes defender Kyries Hebert during CFL action in Calgary on Saturday, June 28, 2014. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

Can you imagine the uproar if Sidney Crosby took an illegal hit that knocked him unconscious for a few seconds?

People would be calling for the perpetrator to be banned for life.

However, when the CFL’s best player, Calgary running back Jon Cornish, gets knocked unconscious for a few seconds with an illegal hit, the discussion seems split on whether or not the offender should be suspended for even one game.

It is football, after all.

Well, it’s time for that mentality to take a hike.

Too many times already this year a player has been dealt a nasty hit that has knocked him out of the game or out of the lineup.

Cornish was the latest to take a devastating hit, as he was on the receiving end of a hard forearm to the head from hard-charging Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert.

Cornish got knocked silly and Hebert got kicked out of the game, but the CFL needs to send a message that these kind of hits cannot continue.


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