Cowboy Roy Williams Suspended Over "Horse Collar" Tackle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL today suspended Dallas Cowboy Roy
Williams for one game --without pay -- over his third illegal
"horse collar" tackle of the season.

The NFL says it happened yesterday as Philadelphia beat Dallas
10-6 and Williams took down Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Williams must miss Saturday's game at Carolina.

Grabbing the inside collar of the back of the shoulder pads or
jersey, or the inside collar of the side of the shoulder pads or
jersey, and yanking down the runner is a 15-yard personal foul
penalty.

The NFL says Williams was fined $12,500 for a "horse collar"
tackle against Chicago Bears on September 23rd, and $15,000 for the
same violation against Buffalo on October 8th.
...
The NFL rule was adopted before the 2005 season to protect
player safety in open field tackling. It does not apply to a runner
who's in the tackle box or to a quarterback who's in the pocket.


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