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NFL may soon ban controversial hip-drop tackle to prevent further injuries

11/19/2023 4:59:21 PM
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Every year, it seems there’s a new issue that arises, drawing attention from fans across the NFL. This season, aside from the tush push, we have the hip-drop tackle leading to widespread criticism.

That distaste for the controversial tackle has only grown since Baltimore Ravens All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews suffered a cracked fibula along with a ligament injury in his ankle, ending his season.

While nothing can be done to bring Andrews back this season, some might be happy to learn the NFL is moving closer to possibly banning the hip-drop tackle for good, Andrew Buller-Russ of Sportsnaut reports.

According to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini, the NFL competition committee will discuss banning the hip-drop later this offseason. Yet, some, like the NFL Players Association, feel outlawing the play will be far too difficult to try and officiate in live-action.

Some, like Andrews’s teammate and Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen, don’t see any issue with the hip-drop tackling style.

“At the end of the day, we play football. We play a tackling sport. I don’t think a hip-drop tackle is that bad of a thing. How else do you want us to tackle? Just let the guy run past you?”

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen on hip-d

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