Bernard Pollard: NFL should use replay on illegal hits

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.

Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard expects a stiff fine from the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne in Sunday's wild-card win over Indianapolis.

Pollard was flagged for the collision, but believes these type of hits are worth a second look from the replay booth.

"They (replay) touchdowns, fumbles, turnovers, all this other stuff," Pollard told Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun. "They need to have somebody up there to say, 'No, the hit was legal, the guy tried to dodge him, but the (receiver) ducked his head.' We make a lot of money. I'm talking about the NFL. Why can't we can't do that?"

Pollard has a point. We've seen flags thrown for helmet-to-helmet contact that involves an offensive player lowering his head at the last second. Defenders stand no chance of altering their trajectory on some of these plays, and that could use a second look.

The league's stand against legitimate head-to-head collisions shouldn't go away, but replays would give defenders like Pollard a fair shake.

It's not something the NFL is likely to pounce on. Replays already slow the game -- and bringing heightened attention to the sport's most gruesome hits isn't a priority -- but Pollard makes a fair point, one worthy of debate.