NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson was interviewed Tuesday on Mike & MIke in the Morning. Anderson was asked to elaborate on the league's plans to suspend violent offenders:
By that definition of defenseless player, DeSean Jackson was not defenseless when he was struck by Dunta Robinson. Jackson wasn't entirely in possession of the ball, but he was much, much closer to being a ballcarrier than he was to being a "player in pursuit of the ball." He had both hands securely on the ball, had taken a step since catching it, and was in the process of taking another.
Watch the video again -- Jackson has already tucked the ball away and looked upfield by the time Robinson arrives. The fact that it's a gray area, let alone the closer-to-acceptable side of that gray area, means Robinson should not be suspended.
The point of impact appears to be more in the shoulder and chest area than in Jackson's neck, though buckling did cause the two players' helmets to touch as well.