The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports NFL executive vice president of football operations (and former Eagles cornerback) Troy Vincent has ruled Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker's hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is legal.
“Baker didn’t do anything wrong with that hit,” Vincent told Maske. “When you look at the rule, he didn’t do anything illegal. People can say it’s a cheap shot and you can talk about whether it might fall under unsportsmanlike conduct. But when you know the rule and you look at the play, he didn’t hit him in the head. He didn’t hit him in the neck. We looked at it. I looked at it very closely. He’s not going to be fined for that.”
It is an interesting interpretation as Philly Sports Inc. came to a different conclusion when evaluating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9.F of the NFL Rulebook. Bleeding Green Nation's Brandon Lee Gowton found this gem in the NFL Rulebook which is clear as day:
We can argue the legality or illegality of Baker's hit until we are all blue in the face. What is clear is, whether or not the hit was legal, it was certainly dirty and definitely a cheap shot on a guy who wasn't even looking.
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