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Rule Changes In The NFL

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After further review, video reassessment of pass-interference calls is likely to be eliminated by the NFL after a one-year test run. The league’s competition committee made the recommendation Friday. A final decision will be made at the owners meeting scheduled for May 19-20.

The option to have a second look at potential pass-interference calls was sparked by a blown ruling that likely cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl at the end of the 2018-19 season. The competition committee also decided not to put forward the proposal of a “sky judge,” an eighth official who sits in the press box and can correct any obvious missed calls.

Two rule-change proposals were endorsed by the committee: Increasing “defenseless player” protection for kickoff returners or punt returners in possession of the ball before they can avoid pending contact and banning clock manipulation by committing multiple dead-ball fouls.


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