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Ravens TE Mark Andrews happy NFL banned hip-drop tackle

5/28/2024 8:27:11 PM
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Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews is pleased that the NFL has banned the swivel hip-drop tackle, which sidelined him for two months last season, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

In Baltimore's 34-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 16, Andrews was pulled to the ground by linebacker Logan Wilson on what the Ravens believe was a hip-drop tackle. This type of play occurs when a defender wraps up a ball carrier and rotates his hips, dropping onto the ball carrier's legs during the tackle.

Andrews underwent surgery after suffering a fractured fibula and ligament damage.

"Taking that tackle out of the game is not a bad thing," Andrews said after Tuesday's offseason practice. "I think defenses can find a way to get around that."

On March 25, NFL owners voted unanimously at the annual league meeting to remove the hip-drop tackle from the game.

The violation will result in a 15-yard penalty if flagged in games, but Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, strongly implied that it is likely to be enforced similarly to the "use of helmet" rule, which typically leads to warning letters and fines in the week after a game rather than flags during play.

"I'm always an advocate for making the game safer," Andrews said. "You look at the last five years, there's been a lot of big injuries with that. So just bringing the awareness to that type of tackle, I think is good."

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