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Dante Exum has to adjust to more time playing off the ball, but he is just happy to be playing consistently again after missing

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Dante Exum has to adjust to more time playing off the ball, but he is just happy to be playing consistently again after missing all of last season rehabilitating from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.Its a great feeling, Exum told ESPN after Utah Jazzs come-from-behind win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.[Being on the bench] is no place for a player-to-be. Im just happy to be out there, taking it one game at a time and continuing to get better.[Im] definitely back into the rhythm of playing. Its just getting that consistency - not having played for a while to going to back-to-backs and five games in seven nights. Its just about adjusting to that.Its not just consistency that Exum is adjusting to, though. The Australian, who was drafted by the Jazz essentially straight out of high school, had played as a point guard for the majority of his rookie season in 2014-15, but through the first six games of the current season he has played the role of an off-the-ball guard more than that of the traditional point guard -- with most of those latter minutes being assigned to George Hill and Shelvin Mack.Im always used to playing the one [and] its always an adjustment changing, Exum said.Ive adjusted well and Ive just got to continue to concentrate on what to do. Hopefully just get better from there.Exum is averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game through the early stages of the season, but theres always room for improvement. As the season progresses, he feels like eventually hell be moved back to his most natural playing position.[Jazz coach Quinn Snyder] hasnt talked to me about that [but] Im a versatile guy; being able to play both positions, I think we get a bit more stable in our rotations, he said. I think Ill get back into the one more.Snyder says nothing is guaranteed minutes-wise for any of the Jazz players.Roles are going to expand and contract based on how guys play, Snyder said pregame.Its really that simple.Exum, still only 21, had been pegged as the Jazzs point guard of the future, but the team acquired veteran Hill in the off-season -- a move that could have, understandably, given Exum the impression that a starting spot was still a way off.Exum, however, views the move as a positive for his development.I think its always good that [the Jazz] have patience in me, he said.Its always hard coming back from an injury and expected to perform straight away. Its good that I can find my feet first and hopefully I get to that point [of starting].Im watching [Hill] every game and seeing what he does. During practice hes helping me with certain decisions, and doing everything to help me.The Jazz are scheduled to play the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday -- a contest Exum would have been looking forward to even more had his good friend Ben Simmons been able to play.Exum has been in regular contact with Simmons, saying he has urged him not to rush anything in his rehab as he looks to come back from a Jones fracture.The biggest thing was about for him doing [rehab] so when he gets back on the court, hes ready to go, Exum said.I told him the biggest thing is not to rush it as well. I know he wants to get out there and play, but he needs to continue to stay in rehab because you dont want it to be an injury that keeps hanging around. Kyler Fackrell Super Bowl Jersey .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. 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Yet it uses its most-stringent penalty for those sorts of infractions -- the suspension -- very infrequently compared to the number of relatively inconsequential fines it hands out.What do you do when you want to punish somebody? You take something away, Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis said. The money, yeah, cool, but depending on who you are, youre good as far as the money goes anyway because you know its going to keep coming. When you take somebody out of the game, I think thats harsher.Its not to say the league is shy about ejecting and suspending players. Since the start of 2016 through Week 7, 47 have been suspended a total of 219 games and docked more than $18 million, according to the website spotrac.com.But of those suspensions, the majority were for drug use or legal- and violence-related issues off the field. A four-game ban went to Tom Brady for Deflategate. And spotrac.com lists only one illegal-hit suspension -- for three games -- which went to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict after his vicious hit to Steelers receiver Antonio Browns head in last seasons melee of a playoff game.Meanwhile, spotrac.com lists 55 fines handed out in 2016 for violations including impermissible use of the helmet, roughing the passer, and blindside blocks the likes of which Landry delivered to unsuspecting Aaron Williams of the Bills. Williams crumpled to the ground and had to be transported to the hospital. Those infractions resulted in the single suspension (Burfict) and an average fine of $16,500 in a league with an average annual salary of $1.9 million. Thats an average of 0.8 percent of a players salary.Maybe we need to look at our rules a little better, Bills coach Rex Ryan said after the hit on Williams. Maybe, having a guy who targets and deliberately does something like that, the right thing to do is to eject the player from the game and maybe part of another game.That is the rule in college football, which also can use replay to pass final judgment on the legality of a hit.After the hit on Williams, for which Landry expressed remorse, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Total Access it wouldve been a difficult call to eject Landry because its still a football play, and its tough to read intent there. He conceded we have few automatic ejections in the game today.The NFL did not make Blandino available to The Associated Press for this story. Instead it referenced a portion of the league rulebook that has been rewritten over the past few years to reflect its emphasis on curbing helmet-first, above-the-shoulders and other illegal hits that used to be celebrated but are now viewed in a different light.Ten years ago, when I came into the league ... the sky was the limit when it came to hits, said two-time Pro Bowl defensive back Michaeel Griffin of the Panthers.dddddddddddd You lived for hits like that.Griffin served a one-game suspension as a repeat offender of hits to the head while with the Titans in 2013, the first season of the newly toughened hitting rules. When asked this week to reflect on the suspension, the first words out of Griffins mouth were: That cost me too much money. That cost me $205,000.But he said the suspension helped change his outlook, in part because if you cant play within the (rules), theyll find somebody else to do it.The increased emphasis on technique and safety has undoubtedly played into the decline in fines for hits on defenseless players, which is one subset of the hits the AP reviewed as part of the spotrac.com numbers. The NFL says there were 40 such fines in 2012, and only 10 in 2015. Yet, the leagues ability to police the violence this season came under scrutiny as early as Game 1, when MVP Cam Newton received four hits to the head in the season opener against the Broncos, none of which resulted in penalty yardage.Darian Stewart delivered one of those hits, then one the next week to Andrew Luck. Hes been fined a total of $27,000 for the hits -- a tad more than 1 percent of his 2016 base salary.No suspensions.Newton has complained to the NFL, going all the way to Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss. This week, Newtons coach, Ron Rivera, echoed Ryan, saying it might be time to crack down harder.Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, the teams union representative, says the players would appreciate more clarity.Theres so many gray lines. Everybody is always waiting for someone, or what Goodell is going to say, Heyward said. If you have a set rule and a set amount and how its going to be addressed, I think youll see more clarity and youre not going to have to deal with those (questionable hits).The NFL has resorted to a more-direct approach before.In 2010, after a rash of helmet-to-helmet hits, the league made a midseason adjustment and put the possibility of suspension front and center in an emergency effort to halt the violence. Predictably, defensive players complained -- then, after a week that included $175,000 in fines, nobody was suspended.Since then, a total of 10 players have been suspended for illegal hits and other over-the-top physical play on the field, according to spotrac.com. Four of those suspensions, including Griffins, came in 2013. Another four have come over the past three seasons.One observer believes player safety is only one of a multitude of issues the NFL has to consider when it decides which penalties to levy.As much as the league wants and needs to get rid of dirty plays and players, they dont want to take actions that compromise, or even appear to compromise, the actual contests themselves, said Doug Hartmann , a sociology professor at University of Minnesota, who teaches a course on sports in society. Fines and such, in other words, have much less impact on actual games and outcomes than suspensions or expulsions.---This story has been corrected to fix the name of the website, spotrac.com.---AP Sports Writers Steve Reed in Charlotte, Will Graves in Pittsburgh and Mark Long in Jacksonville contributed to this report.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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