NFL Adopts Additional Rule Changes All Green Bay Packers All the Time
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Final rulings on 2014 rule change proposals were announced today

Yesterday, we shared some of the rule changes that NFL owners had already passed at this week’s meetings in Orlando, Florida.  Today, the remaining rules were addressed.

Some passed, some were voted down and some were tabled.  As always, those that were tabled will be revisited until they are either shot down or finally passed.

Here is a quick breakdown, courtesy of


Extend the uprights to make them five feet taller

Protect players from getting the sides of their legs rolled up on

Allow the referee to consult with members of the NFL officiating department during replay reviews.

Re-organize the rules about what can be reviewed and what cannot be reviewed, including making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play reviewable.

Don’t stop the clock on a sack.

Enforce defensive fouls behind the line of scrimmage from the previous spot, rather than from the end of the run or from the spot of the foul.

Adjust the time of the roster reduction from 53 after the fourth preseason game from 6 p.m. Eastern to 4 p.m. Eastern. All teams would have to have their list of final cuts in by 4 p.m.


Move the kickoff to the 40-yard line. 

Permit a coach to challenge any official’s decision, except scoring plays which are automatically reviewed. 

Expand instant replay to include personal foul penalties. 

Eliminate the cut-down to 75 players during training camp and instead just have one cut-down from 90 players to 53 players. 

Permit more than one player to return to the active list from injured reserve so that any player on injured reserve could return after six weeks. 


Eliminate overtime in the preseason. 

Move the line of scrimmage for one-point extra point kicks to the defensive team’s 25-yard line. Two-point conversion attempts would still be snapped from the 2-yard line. (League to experiment with longer extra points during preseason).

Put six cameras on all boundary lines — sideline, goal line, end line, to guarantee coverage for replay reviews.

Modify pass interference so that it can be called within one yard of the line of scrimmage.

Raise the number of active players on game day from 46 to 49 for regular-season games played on a day other than Sunday or Monday, excluding Week One.

Raise the practice squad limit from eight players to 10 players.

Permit clubs to trade players prior to the start of the league year.

Permit each club to time and test up to 10 draft-eligible players at its facility, and allow any club that wishes to attend timing and testing at another team’s facility.

Permit a home team with a retractable roof to open or close its roof at halftime, instead of having to determine at the start of the game whether it is open or closed.




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