Players on both Super Bowl teams say they are confused about when a hit is legal by NFL standards.
Rules designed to make the game safer are also making players uncertain about which hits are considered clean and which ones could lead to a fine.
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis wondered if two-hand touch is in the future for the NFL.
“I think the rules will change a lot,” he said. “There’s already no helmet to helmet. Might be flag football, maybe.”
Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, one of the league’s hardest hitters, warned against trying to take collisions out of the game, as long as they are clean.
His 49ers counterpart, All-Pro Dashon Goldson, says defenders keep this in mind when they take the field:
“Do your best and then hope you don’t get a letter (with a fine) in your locker on Wednesday,” he said.
COURTS: A federal judge will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league.
U.S. Eastern District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia on Tuesday scheduled an April 9 hearing on motions to dismiss filed by the NFL Inc., NFL Properties Inc. and All American Sports Corp.
PANTHERS: The team wants to renovate the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. And it is asking the public for help.
House speaker Thom Tillis said that discussions have been preliminary but that there are fears that the Panthers could move if they don’t receive help.
BENGALS: Jim Anderson has retired after spending the past 29 years as Cincinnati’s running backs coach.