NEW YORK - The NFL will immediately begin suspending players for dangerous and flagrant hits, particularly those involving helmets.
Suspensions also could be handed out for hits during last weekend's games.
The league's announcement comes one day after its vice president of football operations told The Associated Press stiffer penalties could be forthcoming. The NFL said the new disciplinary measures will be in place for this weekend's games.
In the past, players were either fined or ejected for illegal hits. However, after a series of flagrant tackles last Sunday, several of which resulted in concussions, the NFL ratcheted up the punishment.
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