Maybe my tinfoil is on a little tight this morning, but in re-reviewing games from the 2nd half of the season especially, it seems to me like defenders are intentionally trying to blow him up with a highlight reel hit on damn near every shot he takes... and in my opinion, this season he has been hit late/hit in the head an awful lot.
Examples include Dallass and Cincy games, piledrivers and multiple blows to the head, DRC launching for his head and Pollard trying to take his head off on the scramble this week.. Hell even the Ngata hit looked a little excessive (to me it appeared as if he launched himself trying to break the kid in two, not to mention his other hit where he hit him right in the face with the crown of his helmet knocking Griffin's helmet off.
So why is it? Has he garnered that much ill will? Do people just hate him or is it just the game and no different than anyone else gets?
Whatever it is, I cringe every time he takes one of those, fearing he won't be able to get back up.
Worst part about it is for the most part he's getting annihilated behind the LOS and in the pocket, instead of on the designed runs. (minus the awkward fall on the knee injury)