Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin hit Bengals punter Kevin Huber with the crown of his helmet. He broke his jaw and fractured a vertebrae in the punters neck.

The NFL has reviewed the hit and they have come to the determination, the play should have drawn a penalty flag. The punter is a defenseless player.

The NFL said, punters deserve to be watched throughout the down and deserve the defenseless player role until the down is over.

Dean Blandino, the president of NFL officiating said Garvin can’t hit a player with the crown of his helmet to any part of the body. Watching the replay of the hit that took Huber out of the game, you can see Garvin lead with the crown of his helmet to the chin area of Huber’s body.

You can bank on the fact the NFL is going to fine the linebacker. The question now becomes how much?

This was one of the more brutal hits we have seen in the NFL this season. It was clear Garvin’s hit was meant to hurt Huber. The NFL should suspend Garvin for the remainder of the 2013 season.

NFL football doesn’t need a head hunter like Garvin. He should have known better than to lay a hit like this on a punter and he should be made to pay. Even coach Tomlin questioned the type of hit Garvin put on Huber.

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Readers Comments (9)

  1. Paul

    I will bet the person who wrote this knows little to nothing about “real” football. I agree there should have been a flag for the helmet hit. To say it was clear Garvin meant to injure the punter is stupid. In football you always want the other player to feel the hit. It’s the nature of the game. 99.9% of players never wish to “INJURE”. As for punter being defenseless anywhere on the field …. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? He is a football player. If he cant stand being hit then he better just lay down in the fetal position after he kicks the ball. rules like this are why i stopped watching football. Its not the game i grew up with and loved.

    • LG

      Talk to the NFL president of officiating. He is the one that came up with the Punter is defenseless throughout the down. Not me…..

  2. crusher

    Since when is there no helmet to helmet in blocking a player.

  3. Mark Redmond

    The punter was trying to make a tackle – he wasn’t punting or catching a ball. He is a player like anyone else trying to make a tackle and should be blocked. i have never seen anyone making a block getting a penalty for hitting with a helmet. besides that, if you look at the replay, Garvin’s feet were planted when the hit was made – most of the impact was caused by the defensless punter running into Garvin. Sometimes people get hurt when running down the field on special teams – it’s a fact of the game. Get used to it.

  4. Richard

    At the time of the hit, Huber was no longer a punter but a defensive player trying to make a tackle.
    A kicker is no longer a “defenseless player” when they are in motion to try to make a tackle.


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