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Wes Welker and Ryan Clark, AP

By now you've seen the replays of Ryan Clark's hit on Wes Welker in the Steelers' win over the Patriots on Sunday. The question on everyone's mind -- was the hit legal? From BostonHerald.com:

It was gruesome, yet Patriots fans and radio talk show hosts who chattered on about how Clark “launched himself” at Welker, leaving his feet and throwing his shoulder illegally, are wrong. They, like Donovan McNabb, do not know the rules.

“A lot of people think it’s a foul to leave your feet,” NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said yesterday from New York. “Launching is not a foul. There is nothing in the rulebook that states that at all. It’s a misconception people have.

“It is a foul to hit with your helmet against a defenseless receiver. It is a foul to throw a forearm into the neck or head area of your opponent. I don’t think either of those things happened. I’m not a fan of those high hits but if you do it with your shoulder you’re OK.”

• NFL defends Wes Welker hit (BostonHerald.com)

 

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