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NFL’s new QB rule costs Dolphins DL remainder of the season

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Spor

It was bound to happen. The new rules we’ve seen employed thus far this season to protect quarterbacks have been subjected to scrutiny at every turn. Just ask Green Bay Packers pass rusher Clay Matthews and his head coach.

Unfortunately, for Miami Dolphins defensive lineman William Hayes, these new rules led to the veteran suffering a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders.

As you can see below, Hayes attempted to avoid landing directly on Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr after sacking him. It led to an awkward landing and what Dolphins head coach Adam Gase confirmed to be a torn ACL for Hayes.

Here’s the play in question.

A new rule this season calls for a 15-yard penalty if a defender lands squarely on a quarterback after hitting him. In an attempt to avoid doing just that, Hayes suffered the serious knee injury.

Obviously, this is going to lead to more debates around the NFL world. The most-important question here is just how the NFL expects defenders to avoid similar hits. They are nothing less than football plays.