Re: Player Safety Question.
Any team B player who is in position to make the catch must be giving an unimpeded oppurtunity to make the catch. The protection is given regardless if that player calls for a fair catch (valid or invalid) or not. The main difference is that if an invalid signal is given he isn't given the additional protection than that with a valid signal would provide. Basically if a player gives an invalid signal and then makes the catch the ball still becomes dead but some contact by team A would not be a foul unless it is obviously after the ball has become dead. With a valid signal, it is pretty much "hands off".