CHICAGO – The NFL has warned players to cut out the trash talk, specifically when it threatens other players.
Ray Anderson, the league's chief disciplinarian, told "multiple clubs," including all eight remaining in the playoffs, to basically watch it.
Anderson reminded players that comments of a physically threatening nature are always taken into account in evaluating discipline for any illegal physical contact on the field.
Since October, the NFL has ratcheted up its enforcement of hits to defenseless players with a series of fines — and the threat of suspension. No suspensions have been handed out, but the recent rash of trash talk before playoff games prompted Anderson to further emphasize the need to respect the game and opponents.