JARED ALLEN: "MY KNEE IS AS VALUABLE AS TOM BRADY'S"
Jared Allen is the latest defensive player to question whether the NFL has a double standard when it comes to protecting players on both sides of the ball.
Allen's remarks stem from the torn ACL suffered by Houston linebacker Brian Cushing on Monday night, when Jets guard Matt Slauson took him out with a cut block.
"In a league that talks about taking care of defenseless players and people in defenseless positions, that's a situation right there, there's nothing you can do to defend yourself," Minnesota's four-time All-Pro defensive lineman told NFL AM. "He can't get his hands down -- that's an outside end cut block. For me, there's no place (for) that. You take a guy's knee, he may never be the same player after that. If we're going to talk about player safety, there needs to be equality amongst all players."
Alluding to the ever-increasing protection for quarterbacks, Allen went on to say that: "My knee is just as valuable as Tom Brady's, in my eyes. There's some hits on the defensive side that could be illegal and probably save some defensive players."
No penalty was called on Slauson, but he has since been fined $10,000 by the league, and says he will appeal.
Green Bay's Clay Matthews was the first prominent defensive player to decry Slauson's hit, with an angry tweet Monday night that said, "Where is the NFL's protection on blocks blew the waist like that on Cushing. Double standard!"
Matthews and Cushing were college teammates at Southern California.
The Colts' seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end, Dwight Freeney also weighed in, telling Fox Sports Radio that: "You protect one side, protect the other side.So how about taking out cut blocks? I'm sure cut blocks from the offensive line, from a statistics standpoint, you can probably find that they have more injuries that are caused from them than anything else."
What do you think should be done about cut blocks? Give us an opinion in the comments section. Meantime, here's the video of the play where Cushing was injured.