The NFL has created new rules to protect quarterbacks ​with mixed results, but this week reached a whole new level of absurdity. During the ​Cleveland Browns game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Browns QB ​Baker Mayfield was hit in the head while sliding on a play. According to the refs, well...he deserved it. 

"The quarterback was still a runner. Therefore he is allowed to be hit in the head..." Uh, what?


Apparently, Mayfield did not make it clear to the defender - while he was sliding to the ground - that he was he going down and was no longer a runner. Right. That make sense. 


Does the league not care about player safety? Would there have been a foul if Mayfield suffered a concussion or another injury? In college football, this is textbook targeting, but it's fine in the NFL?


If the league can look at this play and say there's no foul, fans will need to buckle in for a rough rest of the season.