Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis (60) catches a tipped pass against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire
The NFL ruling on the Jared Allen hit on Lance Louis came down this afternoon and the amount of $21,000 seems very minimal. It was an illegal hit that cost a player the rest of the season and it will only cost Allen a pack of gum compared to his $11.6 million dollar contract in 2012.
In an era of player safety, it seems like the NFL is only worried about head shot since it’s the hot topic right now, but to destroy an ACL can be just as much a career killer as a concussion. There is a story floating around Twitter today I believe by Peter King that the NFL may vote to ban all blocks below the waist for next season. Not that that rule would have saved Louis either since Allen hit him illegally, but it would save a lot of knee injuries in the future.
The bottom line is that a cheap shot costs Louis the rest of the season in rehabilitation and Allen is out some tipping money. The Bears are not a dirty team so I don’t expect any repercussions when the Bears visit Minnesota December 9th.
Get Well Soon Lance!