Even making a tackle often results in a completely legal collision of helmets because ball carriers often lean forward or duck their head before impact.

In Super Bowl 52, New England Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks was taken to the locker room after a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit left him motionless on the turf. It did not draw a penalty, because he had established himself as a runner.

College football’s targeting rule reads as follows:

No one really expected Owens to play in the Super Bowl. Multiple medical experts even said that if he were to play and get hit in the leg the wrong way, it could end his career.

“Nobody in this room knew I was going to play this game,” Owens said after the game via ESPN. “Nobody knew but me.”

Owens also touched on the perception people had of him — that he was a diva, that he wanted the attention — throughout the situation.

It was supposed to show us where this strange rabbit hole — one that has felt increasingly like a graphic novel by Hunter S. Thompson — ends. It was supposed to reveal who, or what, Croc represents. Brady told me that himself on Tuesday, when I camped out at his press conference and asked him about it.

Instead, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, and we didn’t get any answers. But even if they’d won, and a post had gone up, I still don’t think we would’ve. I don’t think these guys had any clue what they were doing. I’m pretty sure they backed themselves into a narrative corner. My theory all season has been that these posts started as a way to see how weird Brady could get before Patriots fans started wondering what was going on.

New York Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis said late Tuesday night he’s ready to tackle the lengthy rehab ahead in the wake of his season-ending ACL tear.

“He was down when he first got the news, but then he instantly switched to, ‘I’ve got to take on this new journey. I’m ready for it,'” teammate Courtney Lee said after speaking to Porzingis late on Tuesday.