Colts Want NFL To Look At Hit By Steelers Stephon Tuitt On Jacoby Brissett

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is currently in concussion protocol as a result of a late third quarter hit from Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt during Sunday’s game. According to Kevin Bowen‏ of 1070 The Fan, the Colts are curious to know why Tuitt wasn’t penalized for his hit on Brissett.

Bowen reports that the Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday he will send notice of the play to the NFL for explanation.

According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk, Tuitt can expect to be fined for his hit on Brissett even though referee Clete Blakeman and his crew didn’t throw a flag on that play. With that said, a slowed down replay of Tuitt’s hit on Brissett that followed the original tackle by Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier reveals that the defensive end may not have made significant, if any, helmet-to-helmet contact with the Colts quarterback. Instead, it looks like Tuitt’s left hand and arm might be the main reason why Brissett immediately grabbed the back of his head.

While Brissett ultimately did not miss a play after suffering the hit, he did develop concussion-like symptoms after the game and was immediately placed in concussion protocol.

We should know by the end of the week if Tuitt was fined for this hit.

  • kev4heels

    Pagano sent it into the league? Meaning he thought it was done on purpose. That’s ridiculous. What the league needs to be looking at is why Pagano felt it was ok to let Brisset go back in the game after showing obvious concussion symptoms. And immediately following the game, he was put in concussion protocol. That stinks for sure.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I’m not sure I understand why Tuitt would be fined if Brissett was running with the ball and did not slide. Would it be because he was down by contact and thus a defenseless player?

  • Ace

    Should’ve been a foul and should be a fine. QB was wrapped up and clearly going down. Tuitt came in late and lowered his crown to make contact with his head/neck. Yes its bang bang, yes hes not officially down, but in today’s NFL, that should be a foul at the least, and not just because he is a QB. The offensive player needs to be protected from guys coming in late and contacting the head/neck unnecessarily. Those strikes to the back of the head are deadly.

  • Milton Farfara

    Call me a Homer but I just can’t see a fine being levied. Brissett was technically still up and was running before the wrap and for the life of me after a few views I don’t see helmet to head contact.

  • PittShawnC

    $24,309 coming outta Tuitt’s pocket in the next few days (rightfully so)
    Almost identical to Shazier’s hit on Kizer Week 1.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    So a quarterback is protected at all times even when he is running the ball and does not slide? Not being smart; I just dont know what the current NFL policy is.

    The scenario you describe would bring a multitude of flags if it applied to all runners.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I don’t know what everyone is seeing in this video, but Tuitt never makes helmet to helmet contact…

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Kizer was sliding.

  • Nolrog

    Helmet to helmet contact on a player going down.

  • Nolrog

    Can’t hit anyone in the head area. That should have been a penalty if it was anyone, not just a QB.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    yes but his forearm makes contact with the helmet. So it is a blow to the head. I’m just confused as to what point a runner becomes defenseless. It did not look like he was sliding to me.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Should be a foul/fine even when Tuitt does NOT make helmet to helmet contact??

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    That is not currently a rule is it? There is helmet to helmet contact on many tackles – or our you suggesting it should be a rule?

  • Chad Sanborn

    its not helmet to helmet though. He hit him with his hand in the back of the helmet.

  • WilliamSekinger

    A blow to the head is protection for a QB in the pocket. A) Brissett is not in the pocket and b) Brissett is a runner. There is no foul here.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I see Tuitt’s arm contacting back of Brissett’s helmet which is a blow; but not sure his helmet does make contact. The refs should have been able to hear that.

  • WilliamSekinger

    No it absolutely is not a current rule.

  • PittShawnC

    True, but Shazier lowed his head to strike just like Tuitt did.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    a sliding player is protected – they are considered defenseless at that point. A runner with the ball is not… at least not yet.

  • WilliamSekinger

    You seem to be inferring that Tuitt hit him helmet to helmet. Please tell me where/how Tuitt hits him with his helmet?? You people are nuts.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I don’t think he did. The blow came from his arm. Now maybe NFL could fine him since Brissett was down by contact when the blow came but for the life of me dont know how Tuitt could have pulled up.

  • WilliamSekinger

    You can tell he reacts to the blow from Tuitt’s arm because he immediately raises his hand protectively to the very back of his head where Tuitt’s arm made contact.

  • Chad Sanborn

    and that is why no flag was thrown in the game.

  • Ace

    It looks like to me that he did make contact. Hard to tell. I’m not talking what the rule is and isn’t. I’m saying that in my opinion these type of plays should be penalized. The runner is clearly going to the ground. Tuitt comes in late, lowers his helmet and strikes the back of his head with either his forearm or forearm and helmet. I don’t know all the intricacies of the rule, but in my opinion, these types of plays should be fouls and fines. There is no reason for Tuitt to come in late lowering his helmet and targeting the back of JB’s head.

  • Ace

    I think all players should be protected from unnecessary blows to the head. And they will be soon enough.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Agree. The real issue was how the concussion protocol was carried out. Some folks claiming he was knocked unconcious which should have been removal if true.

  • PittShawnC

    After starting at that thing repeatedly, I concur, I don’t think there was helmet to helmet contact.

    So that lower’s my odds of Tuitt getting fined to 80% lol

  • PittShawnC

    I just think it’s different when the head is targeted and I’m not going to be surprised if there’s a fine.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I was just trying to clarify whether you were saying it was current rule or should be. You answered my question. In rugby tackles are considered illegal and dangerous if contact is made above the shoulders. Of course players don’t wear helmets and there is no blocking in that game.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Hitting a runner in the head with anything other than your own helmet has never, and is not now a foul. Sometimes helmet to helmet contact on a runner is permitted even. Tuitt never hits him helmet to helmet, and the arm to the back of the head is not a foul either. Of course you have every right to your own opinion as to what you believe the rule should be.

  • WilliamSekinger

    lol

  • Bruce

    It is his hand and arm that hits the helmet, I’m just not sure why he is aiming that low. Brissett was going down, all he has to do is put his hands on him and make sure he’s down.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Can Pagano send the clip of Frank Gore’s “forward progress” being stopped while he’s at it??
    I’d like the league to look at that one too.

  • ThatGuy

    You mean the “hit” where Tuitt grazed his helmet with his HAND?! Indy is soft

  • Ace

    Yeah I don’t know the clear rule here. I’m just saying as a guy who loves the sport and enjoys watching it like all of you, I feel like efforts should be made to protect the players heads a bit more. And I know, these guys know what they signed up for. This game has turned into ugly injuries and kill shots. It’s a whole other topic, but in short, I think these types of plays need to be looked at and guys need to be protected a little more, especially regarding strikes to the head.

  • Ace

    That’s a big part of it for me. He’s wrapped and going down, why is Tuitt coming in so late with his helmet aimed down? He isn’t being pushed. Maybe instead of fines they should be forced to sit through an 8 hour course on player safety, proper tackling techniques, and the effects of the brain after repeated concussions and bruises.

  • ThatGuy

    Also can he send the one play where Ben was hit in the helmet after he threw it?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I may do an article comparing World Rugby and NFL concussion protocols and also tackling rules. A lot of the tackling rules would probably be impractical for professional football but the NFL game has been evolving constantly since it started back in 1920.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Of course nothinh to prevent the NFL to changing enforcement of a rule in the middle of the season as they did around 2010 when they started fining Deebo for hits that were considered legal at the beginning of the season.

  • PaeperCup

    lame. Ok maybe it warrants a looksie, but the team is really gonna send it in? What do they think, they will award them points for the illegal hit?

  • Ace

    That would be cool. I don’t watch Rugby much, but it seems as a general spirit of the game, the guys are trying to down the opposition by grabbing, holding and wrestling. Couldn’t be more different in the NFL. They fly around head and shoulder first trying to jar a guy to the ground. Maybe up near the line of scrimmage there is more grabbing and downing, but then you have the safeties flying in for the kill shot.

  • WB Tarleton

    Tuitt would have had to prove every law of physics wrong to avoid hitting him.

    These guys are big…and incredibly fast. They cannot stop on a dime. He was committed to hitting Brissett before he went down. They cannot assume tackles are going to be made, especially as many as we miss. He did not aim for the head. He hit the head because Brissett went down into the range where Tuitt was aiming (mid-section).

  • Darth Blount 47

    Exactly. I’d them to review if at some point in the game, Clete Blakeman may have suffered a concussion before ruling on that “fumble / not-fumble” malarkey.

  • treeher

    Brisset took multiple big hits during the game. To assign this play as the cause of his concussion symptoms is stretching things to the max.

  • WB Tarleton

    Watch Tuitt closely.

    He is coming straight at Brissett who begins to go down.

    As he sees Brissett go down, he puts his arms out to soften the blow and avoid using his head and shoulders to hit the QB.

    Instead of driving through him, he kicks his legs out to the side in an attempt to miss him.

    Tuitt did all he could do. Big and fast guys cannot stop on a dime.

  • Sam Clonch

    Wasn’t a defenseless receiver, didn’t slide, wasn’t a QB after he took of running. He had no special protections.

  • Bo Taylor

    Looks like a forearm to helmet to me. I wouldn’t want to get forearmed by Tuitt either.

  • Mutatedgenome

    The second angle clearly shows helmet to helmet, albeit glancing. Even so, he was a runner and therefore no foul.
    My question is, why did Tuitt dip his head anyway?? Heads up football……right?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    There was no ruling. Case closed.

  • Lil Smitty

    Here is a different take on the “collision”. Tuitt was trying to push Brisset’s head out the way of his legs. If Tuitt would have continued to run straight. He would have hit Brissett in the head with his knees, possibly hurting himself and Brissett. It looks as if he is trying push Brisset’s head away from Tuitt’s legs.
    You might wonder why he didn’t jump over Brissett. My guess is that he was afraid of injury to his knees or ankles if tried to turn too fast or leap over a falling player.

  • JNick

    Helmet to helmet on a player going down isn’t illegal.
    It’s not good, but not illegal. If so how many flags would we see on every running play?
    Chuck is mad because his QB got hit in the head and now his team is being questioned for their handling of it so he’s deflecting by publicly questioning the legality of the hit.

  • JNick

    It’s not a rule. There is helmet to helmet contact on runners almost any/every running play. An offensive ball carrier is not afforded protection and shouldn’t be. At some point you have to make the offensive players responsible for their actions on the field. How many times did Brissett slide late last game? Twice he slid into a Steelers player with his cleats up. That should be a penalty. You should not be allowed to slide within 2 yards of an oncoming player. If you want protection, then you should have to cede yardage to get that. These players take advantage of the rules in every way possible and pretty soon defensive players are going to have to avoid most hits in order to not get flagged.

  • JNick

    Pagano should be staying as quiet as possible about that play. No need to draw attention to your failures. No hlemt to helmet contact. No protection afforded to a ball carrier past the line of scrimmage. Maybe he should send footage of the Gore non-fumble to the league and see what there thoughts on forward progress are?

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    The only argument would be that he used the crown of the helmet to make contact. Personally, I can’t say that I even know whether their helmets hit one another. Looks a bit like Tuitt is trying to avoid making contact and throws his arms in front of him to prevent just such a collision. I don’t see a fine coming for this one. Then again, we are talking about Roger and the Steelers…

  • JNick

    But at some point the player themselves, meaning the offensive player, needs to take responsibility. You are putting your head at risk by lowering your shoulder into a hit. You are putting your head at risk by fighting a pile for 2 extra yards. You are putting your head at risk by diving over a player to get into the endzone. You are putting your head at risk by laying out for a pass.
    I’m not averse to the rules changes, by and large, it’s an improvement – but you can’t keep penalizing the defensive players and not reign in what the offensive players are doing. They are both liable for what they do, but right now, we are only holding the defensive players liable. That’s not good.

  • Steve

    My question is, How was Brissett allowed to continue to play with a Concussion?

  • Steve

    The clip above, definitely shows helmet to helmet contact.

  • JNick

    No it doesn’t. It shows arm to helmet. Watch it again. Tuitts helmet never rebounds, moves -anything- through the contact. His hand/arm does as well as Brissets head. It’s pretty clear.

  • Steve Johnson

    Why? There was nothing aggreegious about that hit at all.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s the difference between us and them!

  • Matt Manzo

    Hah! That would be rad! Especially if it was a Captain America Safety video! And 8 hours would be torture! Unlike my Comedy Traffic School!

  • Matt Manzo

    Weird angle, weird situation! But that’s the difference between Us and Them. We’re not buying Kleenex and sending in the video!
    We’ve got too many trophies to polish.

  • paltel

    Only to a blind man.

  • paltel

    Try DWTS, it appears to be more your speed. You obviously do not enjoy watching football, as is apparent by your wanting to change the rules from what they are to something else. So please stop telling us you like football.

  • Jim Foles

    That is what they should investigate. Ben would have been out.

  • Iulo

    I’m ok with that…
    in any case, I will not be surprised if Tuitt is fined somehow…

    move on and play the Titans! 🙂

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Egregious*

  • Delboka

    That is so weak. In real motion, it was soft! FLOP.

  • Rocksolid20

    It’s easy to fix this rule . Do away with helmets and see
    who leads with their head when tackling .

  • westcoasteeler

    He was running and made it passed the LOS?? Pagano sending it to the league is whack cause Goodell will take his money that’s it. What a punk.

  • Aj Gentile

    You can like football and not like helment to helment hits. To each his own. No reason to be a giant D*** about it

  • Ace

    I don’t like that show, it’s boring because I don’t like dancing. But I can guarantee that every single contestant on that show is in better shape than you and infinitely more coordinated and dedicated. In regards to wanting to change rules, how about you take 30 minutes and remind yourself about such Steeler greats as Mike Webster and Justin Strzelczyk, or how about Belcher and Seau. If you can read the reports of the findings of their brain conditions and not think something needs to change in this game, then perhaps you are suffering from CTE yourself.

  • paltel

    This is a helmet to helmet hit that DID NOT HAPPEN except in the eyes of the of the prissy.

  • Axe Skot

    Wow, you have me convinced after watching a few more times. Well done.

  • Axe Skot

    That’s not in the rule book.

  • William Strouse

    This is like John Fox challenging the spot of the ball on the Cunningham play over the weekend. If the league really does take a closer look at this play, the question that should be asked is how he was ever let back out on the field! Clearly it was not a malicious hit and this failing organization has wasted a gift of a pick in Andrew Luck by pushing him through serious rib and shoulder injuries, endangered Brisset (I don’t care what an independent sideline medical staff said; he was clearly shaken up on film and the Colts staff should have held him out), and have been caught lying several times on their injury reports.

  • Anthony

    I think you can see what you want to see about a helmet to helmet hit. If you notice once he grimaces after the hit there is a black paint smear on his top right portion of Brissets helmet. No it is not a vent hole, that is paint from an impact to his head. Yep I played football. That impact was fast, Tuitt had no reason to lower his head at the end. You are taught to keep your eye on the player you are tackling and wrap him up. Tuitt was trying to put the “hurt” on Brissett…