On Sunday night Bengals punter Kevin Huber was absolutely obliterated during a punt return and suffered a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae. Dean Blandino of the NFL said a flag should've been thrown on the play for the block, bringing the league's decision to make punters defenseless squarely into the realm of public debate.

Colts punter Pat McAfee -- probably best known for being a) awesome on Twitter and b) unafraid of laying the wood on a return man -- said on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday that he disagrees with the league's decision to make punters defenseless.

"I've kicked off for five years in the NFL and I've punted for five years as well and I've never had a guy target me or go out of his way … I've had people … if I get in the way they're going to block me as well," McAfee said. "And I've taken a few hits. Guys who are much more athletic than I am and stronger have taken me out. But I've made a couple plays as well.

"We all understand there's an inherent risk when you step on the field in football."

McAfee also acknowledged that punters (and other players) "understand the NFL is trying to respect the game in the long run" and keep players safe. But he doesn't like the idea of having to leave the field after every punt, an idea that's been floated if punters are, indeed, considered defenseless.

"It would be a real shame. I enjoy making plays for my teammates. I think that's just a big part of it," McAfee said. "A big part of football is the team aspect. I think if you punt the ball -- I know that's part of your job -- if I hit a bad punt and if some guys don't make a tackle and I've got to make a tackle, that's my opportunity that I step up for my teammates."

McAfee also dislikes the idea of making punters defenseless because it propagates the stereotype that punters aren't real people.