King: Ball carriers a 'moving target'

King: Ball carriers a 'moving target'
December 13, 2013, 12:30 am
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T.J. Ward's season-ending hit on Rob Gronkowski brings up another issue of player safety.

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Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury on Sunday is becoming just another high-profiled case in player safety this season.

While the NFL has made it a top priority to focus on preventing head injuries, it has led defenders targeting lower on the body, resulting in more knee injuries.

Shaun King joined Tom E. Curran on Quick Slants to discuss his thoughts on T.J. Ward’s hit on Gronkowski.

“The thing is, I just don’t know what else you want T.J. Ward to do,” King said. “The NFL has been pretty black and white in that they’re going to throw the flag and they’re going to fine guys significantly if they hit guys high. If you’re T.J. Ward and you’re 200 pounds and this is Gronkowski running down the field at 260, hitting him in the midsection just isn’t the best option.

“This is a moving target. This isn’t like going out in your backyard and standing the practice dummy up and saying let me hit the thigh. Wherever I aim at, Gronkowski is moving. I may hit exactly where I aim, but that target area changes.”