NFL makes several rule changes

Mar 23, 2016 5:40 PM

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The NFL owners have approved several things at their annual meetings. Perhaps the biggest ruling involves the chop block which has been entirely outlawed from NFL games. The block has been controversial for years because of the number of leg injuries suffered by players hit below the waist.

The owners also confirmed that extra-point kicks snapped from the 15-yard line are now permanent. The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line on touch backs and players will be ejected for receiving two unsportsmanlike penalties in the same game.

In all, seven rule proposals were approved. The others involved coach-to-player communications from the sideline as well as the press box; adding a delay-of-game penalty to a team that calls a timeout when it has none remaining; removing a 5-yard penalty for a receiver illegally touching a pass after being out of bounds; the expansion of what is called a horse-collar tackle to cover the nameplate on the back of jerseys and eliminating multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.


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