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Meeting at a violent impasse

NFL's hope to minimize bone-jarring hits at odds with sport's culture

Originally Published: October 22, 2010
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The hottest news in the NFL this week caused an immediate stir among a handful of Chicago Bears on Tuesday morning.

Before it was ever confirmed that the league would levy harsher penalties -- including suspensions -- for hits deemed dangerous and flagrant, Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was exchanging opinions with various teammates in a flurry of phone conversations. The defensive players Urlacher spoke to were incensed by what they considered ...

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