Hits on QBs coming to a head

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron checks on injured QB Jason Campbell. (USA TODAY Sports)

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron checks on injured QB Jason Campbell. (USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

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Officials were roasted last week for assessing a roughing the passer call against Ahmad Brooks for hitting Drew Brees in the head area when he really only hit him on the upper chest, just below the neck. Brees fumbled on the play an the Niners scored a touchdown that was nullified when the flag was thrown.

This week, Cleveland’s Jason Campbell was hit directly in the head by a blitzing William Gay. Campbell fumbled and that fumble was taken to the house by the Steelers for a TD. No flag was thrown, but Campbell had to leave the game with a concussion and now will be out for at least this week as Brandon Weeden steps back in under centre.

Because of the furor over Brooks penalty and $15,000 fine, NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino explained.

“You can’t make forcible contact to the head or the neck area, even if the contact starts below the neck and rises up,” Blandino said. “If there’s force to that contact, it’s a foul."


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