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NFL sends message with this Harrison Smith ejection

The NFL and its officials continue to make strides to help improve the safety of its players, doing so by putting an emphasis on certain calls during games.

Concussions had been a major hot-button issue in years past, so the league has done whatever it can to discourage defensive players from “head hunting.” And it’s made a big difference, as defensive backs especially have been forced to adjust how they attempt to tackle, no longer being able to lead with the helmet.

That’s exactly what Vikings safety Harrison Smith did during Sunday’s game against the Texans, putting a hit on a defenseless receiver, leading with his helmet, and he was penalized for it.

Not only that, Smith was also ejected from the game.