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According to ESPN.com, the league will be keeping a close  eye on hits to the knees this season with the possibility of extending the rules  to protect defenseless players. Ray Anderson, NFL chief of football operations, tells the Associated  Press that if the league’s competition committee finds enough evidence this  season that hits to the knees are “becoming a problem,” it could take  action. If they decide, they will make a recommendation to the owners next  March to prohibit direct hits to the knees, which owners would then vote on for  change.”We are always looking at plays that may elevate themselves and we do include  in that category hits on defenseless players,” Anderson said. “And certainly the  hits to knees to players who have not had the opportunity to protect themselves  or are not looking in the direction of where the hit comes from — we have had a  couple hits whereby a player was hit below [or at] the knees.” The NFL already bans hits to the head and neck of defenseless players.  However, recent hits to the knee in preseason games has drawn complaints from  players. Miami tight end Dustin Keller and Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin  Williams were on the receiving end of such hits — Keller is out for the season  with several torn ligaments, while Williams has a hyperextended knee.


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