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Arians: Suspend Julius Thomas as long as Calais Campbell is out

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Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is out 3-4 weeks with a knee injury suffered when Broncos tight end Julius Thomas drilled him with an illegal chop block. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says that means Thomas should be suspended 3-4 weeks as well.

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Arians wants the NFL to adopt a rule that a player who commits a penalty that results in an injury to an opposing player should be suspended while the opponent is out recovering from the injury.

That idea might sound like poetic justice, but it’s impractical in the NFL. Arians probably wouldn’t appreciate it if one of the Cardinals’ best players got called for a personal foul for a hit on an NFC West rival’s backup, and that team responded by putting the backup on injured reserve just to force the Cardinals to lose their star player. But that could happen under the scenario Arians is proposing.

Arians, who said on Sunday that he considered the hit the dirtiest play he had ever seen, hadn’t calmed down today. Arians said he believes Thomas purposely planned to take Campbell out for the game with the hit.

The NFL has said the hit was a violation of the league rules, and the 15-yard penalty was correct. But while Thomas might get fined, he’s not going to get suspended. No matter how much Arians thinks he should.