"In this new NFL, any shot at, or near, the head will be punished," Freeman wrote. "Let me repeat: Any shot at, or near, the head will be punished. Rinse, wash, repeat. In many ways, this suspension was historic. It begins a precedent that could do more to change the violence of the NFL from brutal to just nasty. This was a signal from the NFL to the league's players: We're not just fining you now because we know you guys eat fines for lunch. We know the only way the message gets through is with not playing."