During upcoming virtual league meetings, clubs will discuss the following proposed rules changes. All proposals must be approved by 75 percent (24) of the owners to be adopted. NFL clubs will consider the following Competition Committee and club-submitted proposals.
COMPETITION COMMITTEE RULES PROPOSALS
By the Competition Committee, to amendRule 12, Section 2, Article 9, to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but who has not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent.
By the Competition Committee, to amendRule 4, Section 3, Article 2, to prevent teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.
CLUB PLAYING RULES PROPOSALS
By Philadelphia; to amendRule 15, Section 2, to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.
By Philadelphia; to amendRule 6, Section 1, Article 1, to provide an alternative to the onside kick that would allow a team an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring (4th and 15 from the kicking team’s 25-yard line).
By Miami; to amendRule 4, Section 3, Article 2, to provide the option to the defense for the game clock to start on the referee’s signal if the defense declines an offensive penalty that occurs late in either half.
By Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers; to amendRule 19, Section 2, to add a “booth umpire” as an eighth game official to the officiating crew.
By Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers; to amendRule 19, Section 2, to add a Senior Technology Advisor to the Referee to assist the officiating crew.
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