Von Miller Demands NFL Rule Change Following Huge Hit on Sunday Night Football
By Larry Rupp
Leonard Fournette picked apart the Dallas Cowboys defense for 127 rushing yards on 21 carries during Sunday Night Football, but it was his pass protection that stuck out the most. One block on pass-rusher Micah Parsons went viral and prompted All-Pro linebacker Von Miller to speak up about a rule change.
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Parsons attempted to come around the edge of the offensive line and was already engaged with tackle Josh Wells. That was when Fournette delivered a hit to the second-year pro's chest and sent him flying to the ground. In accordance with the rules, it was a great play for a running back to make.
That may be the problem, though. The hit was similar to a blindside block, yet was perfectly legal. Miller tweeted that Fournette could've got the assignment done without so much contact. He wants to see a rule change go into effect that prioritizes the safety of the defense and not just the offense.
It wouldn't be surprising to see this proposed change gain some traction, especially since this isn't the first time that Parsons has been on the wrong end of a viral block. The Pro Bowler was previously knocked to the ground by running back Kenneth Gainwell during the 2019 Cotton Bowl.
Miller's comments also come after rookie defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was injured on a cut block by a running back during a preseason game. These viral clips are becoming more and more present, so figuring out how to limit injuries should be the NFL's top priority.
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