SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The NFL's leading tackler over the
past three seasons believes the league is placing unreasonable
restrictions on its defensive players.
Patrick Willis said Wednesday that the latest crackdown on
dangerous and flagrant hits will make it difficult for him and
other players to do what they do best.
The NFL earlier this week imposed fines totaling $175,000 on
three players for hits during last week's games and warned that
violent conduct will be cause for suspension in the future.
The 49ers have not had a defender fined for a violent hit this
season, and Willis said he and his teammates can only continue to
play the way they've been taught throughout their careers.
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