The AFC East was able to avoid major injuries in Week 7. Sunday featured a matchup between the Dolphins and Bills along with the Patriots and Jets facing off against one another. The bitter rivalries for these four teams in the two contests did not lead to many bumps and bruises.
Bills running back Fred Jackson suffered a knee injury against the Dolphins but was able to return to the game and score a touchdown, according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Jackson’s touchdown allowed the Bills to build a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and eventually a 23-21 win over the Dolphins.
Miami was able to avoid any notable injuries, according to the team’s official website. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was inactive during Sunday’s game because of a shoulder injury.
Cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (head) missed Sunday’s game against the Jets but the Patriots avoid adding to the injury report in the loss to New York. The Jets were also able to avoid the injury bug in Week 7.
Immediately after the game, Belichick disagreed with the call, saying “there wasn’t a push at the second level that would require a flag.” Belichick is well-versed on the NFL rule book, and the use of the term “second level” implied that he was familiar with the rule, but the letter of the law (Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3) states clearly and simply that “Team B players cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation.”
So where did Belichick get this “second level” stuff?
Well, while it appears that Belichick did misinterpret the rule book, his superiors in the NFL front office did as well.
According to Curran, a September article US Cheap Jerseys Club announcing the NFL’s rule changes for the 2013 season stated “Team B players not at the line of scrimmage at the snap cannot push players at the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation.” By that explanation, the Patriots should not have USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys been given a penalty because Jones was lined up at the line of scrimmage before the ball was snapped.