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Bernstein: No Downside To NFL Ejection Via Replay

A new and sensible rule has been proposed by the NFL competition committee.

Dan Bernstein
March 20, 2018 - 8:18 am
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By Dan Bernstein--
670TheScore.com senior columnist

(670 The Score) We all saw Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attack Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White last season, and we all wondered why he was allowed to keep playing in that game after something so obviously and violently unsportsmanlike. The same goes for the time Bucs receiver Mike Evans made a long and premeditated run to blindside Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in between plays.

If a new and sensible rule proposed by the NFL competition committee is ratified by approval votes from 24 of the league's owners next week, similar perpetrators could now find themselves ejected after further review.

I'm not coming up with much of a counter-argument for such an implementation, seeing that fines and suspensions for that kind of aberrant behavior already come with the benefit of hindsight, and there's more than enough time and plenty of proper angles to make fair decisions in these relatively rare cases, right then and there.

This isn't something as ill-defined and capricious in the moment as the college targeting rule, nor is it the seemingly endless conundrum of describing what constitutes a catch. It's allowing for extra sets of eyes to see what the officials may miss, calling immediate attention to it and appropriately removing that player from the game.

We know bad enough behavior when we see it, and this expansion of power will better help us do so. Enact it.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s “Bernstein and McKnight Show” in middays. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.