NFL: Not a penalty

Clark’s demolition of Welker was not, in fact, illegal:

It looked bad and surely it felt worse, but Ryan Clark’s explosive hit on Wes Welker on Sunday was neither illegal nor unnecessary. It was a consequence of what pro football is and what Welker has done to opposing teams the past few seasons. Most importantly, it was within the rules.

Just another bad call. Apparently the commissioner hasn’t gone off the deep end and the players are still permitted to play tackle football. Mistakes happen and it’s proper for the officials to err – slightly – on the side of player safety. But there’s no sense trying to turn the sport into flag football either.