The annual Spring NFL Owners’ Meetings have concluded, and one of the tasks at hand for the owners this past week was to consider rules changes proposed by the NFL Competition Committee. We broke down the many proposals brought forth by the Competition Committee earlier in the week, and now we’ll let you know which proposals the owners passed, which proposals were voted down and which proposals were “tabled” for further discussion when the owners get together again in May.
– Previously, any play that resulted in a score was subject to automatic review by the officials in the booth. Now, NFL owners have approved a proposal that makes any play that results in a turnover subject to automatic review by officials in the booth.
– The overtime rule, in which a game cannot end after a FG on the first possession of overtime, has been expanded to include the regular season as well. Previously, only postseason games were governed by that rule, but now the regular season shares the new overtime rule.
– Making it a dead ball foul if a team lines up with 12 men on offense, or if a team lines up with 12 men on defense and the snap is imminent. Previously, the play was allowed to proceed and a 5-yard penalty was assessed after the action. Now, however, officials will blow the play dead before the snap and a 5-yard penalty will be assessed.
– The “defenseless player” rule now includes defenders on “crackback” blocks from offensive players. It is now illegal for an offensive player to hit a defensive player in the head or neck area on a crackback block.
– The penalty for kicking a loose ball now also includes a loss of down.
– Roster rules for teams playing on Thanksgiving and Christmas have been modified.
– Having replays viewed solely by the official in the booth, not the referee on the field.
– Modifying the horse-collar tackle rule to include quarterbacks in the pocket.
– Moving the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8.
– Creating an “Injured Reserve exemption” to allow a player who was on the roster after Week 1 to return from the Reserve/Injured list at some point in that season.
– Allowing one roster exemption per week for a player who is listed with a concussion.
– Expanding the roster limit to 90 players for the offseason and training camp, and also including unsigned draft picks as counting toward that limit. The current limit is 80 players, with unsigned draft picks not counting against the limit.
– Moving this year’s final roster cutdown day to Friday night instead of Saturday.
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