Goodell: Active players will not help decide fines

Posted Nov. 08, 2010 @ 3:51 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not taking Steelers S Troy Polamalu's advice.

Goodell said Monday that active NFL players won't be deciding punishment for flagrant hits that merit fines.

The commissioner showed last week he is willing to listen to them by meeting with Steelers LB James Harrison to get his opinion. Harrison has been fined $100,000 this season for three different hits.

Polamalu made the suggestion that active players should be involved in deciding whether hits should be fined. Goodell said the league's competition committee is against it.

The league cracked down on violent hits following Week Six. Players are now subject to steeper fines and even suspensions for helmet-to-helmet penalties.

The way we see it

It's not a terrible suggestion by Polamalu and if active players were involved, it would allow the league and players to work together on something before they need to decide on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. But active players likely would not be as harsh as Goodell wants with the stricter policy.