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Sport NFL Owners Approve Targeting Rule: Lowering Head to Initiate Contact With Helmet is a Penalty

00:47  28 march  2018
00:47  28 march  2018 Source:   si.com

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The NFL passed a targeting rule Tuesday at the annual NFL owners meetings in Orlando, reportsSports Illustrated's Albert Breer.

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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.

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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, the NFL owners also voted unanimously to make the proposed changes to the catch rule, redefining what a catch means.

The league also made changes that 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.

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