Sport NFL Owners Approve Targeting Rule: Lowering Head to Initiate Contact With Helmet is a Penalty
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The NFL passed a targeting rule Tuesday at the annual NFL owners meetings in Orlando,Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer.
The rule will be different than the college rule in that it will be broader: If a player lowers his head and initiates contact, it will be 15 yards, according to Breer.
It is not yet defined for ejections, but the league will work on it and present it at the May meeting. Plays will also potentially be reviewable in New York.
Competition committee co-chair Rich McKay said on NFL Network that the new rule is a "pretty significant change." He added that in the last three years, helmet-to-helmet contact has gone up a lot.
List of proposed rule changes for 2018 season released by NFL
The proposed rules need at least 24 of the 32 owners approval at owners' meetings next week in Orlando. In addition to the proposed rule changes there are 12 new bylaw proposals and five new resolutions.
The rule comes as the league has become more concerned with helmet-to-helmet hits that cause injuries and lead to concussions.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday the league's competition committee was formulating language on a new targeting rule.
At the meeting, theto make the proposed changes to the catch rule, redefining what a catch means.
Thethat allow for the a member of the officiating department to tell refs on the field if players should be ejected from games for non-football acts that are penalized on the field, players on injured reserve to be traded and changes the 10-day postseason claiming period to a 24-hour period along with others.
Grades for new NFL rules, and other news at the 2018 annual league meeting
The NFL’s Annual League meeting is taking place March 25-28, and it’s bringing about some rule changes for the 2018 season. Owners started voting on new proposals Tuesday. The biggest change was made to the catch rule, and while not everything up for vote passed, a few others did. That’s not all that happened this week: There was also the yearly coaches yearbook photo, and quotes from coaches on a variety of topics across the league.
The NFL also approved a contract extension of its deal with Nike that will now run through 2025 season.
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