NFL referees are now being asked to moonlight as doctors

Ridiculousness here, per ESPN.

Dunta Robinson lead with his helmet on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on DeSean Jackson a year ago, was fined $50,000, and later had it reduced on appeal.

Then he did this the following season (Week 2 of this year):

For some reason, despite a hit that was even more egregious than the one a season ago, the initial fine was lower ($40,000) and was once again lowered on appeal to $25,000.  Dunta Robinson is making $8.5 million this season.  Per game that’s $531,250.  In other words, $25,000 was less than 5% of his per game earnings that week.  Lesson learned by Dunta?  Probably not.  He sure as hell didn’t seem too concerned about the hit after the game:

Meanwhile, during the Eagles game this past week, Michael Vick threw a quick screen to DeSean Jackson, which he dropped.  Vick was standing at the Cowboys’ 12, Jackson at the 9.  In what was one of the most obvious terrible calls I’ve ever seen, they ruled it a lateral.

And now these are the people we’re telling to diagnose concussion-like symptoms.  Ladies and Gentlemen… Roger Goodell.

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  16. RogerPodacter says:

    or how about we have a doctor and a ref upstairs with a nice view of all of the players and replays. and actually give them the power to do something about it…

    right now, the refs in the booth can’t make the calls on things, only inform the field refs when they should take another look at it…

  17. Tracer Bullet says:

    Also, Robinson has stupid facial hair.

  18. Tracer Bullet says:

    Which means we’ll see even more occasions of WRs laying on the field after a borderline hit to draw penalty, then returning to the game two plays later none the worse for wear.

  19. BSH EricT says:

    Why not have a league-appointed trainer at each game whose job is to participate in the evaluation of injuries and make decisions on who can safely return to the game?

    1. Nope. Too much sense.

      1. BSH EricT says:

        Eliminates conflict of interest for team, takes decision away from player with short-term focus and (in many of the injuries in question) brain injury…

        Like you say, too much sense. Much better to just tell the refs to pay closer attention.

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