National Football League owners approve new 'catch' rule

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Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion.

"It sticks here and then it goes there, but he never loses control". The rule calls for a mandatory ejection, but the competition committee in the National Football League has not addressed how an ejection is to be adjudicated, said Rich McKay the committee chairman. The latter was likely influenced by a late hit last season from Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski. If you're there to receive a blow, that's different. Packers President Mark Murphy said the rule will rarely be enforced, saying he's counted only five plays last season that would result in an ejection. That "absolutely" would be a foul, per McKay.

To be fair, the league is not making helmet to helmet contact with both players face up illegal, though naturally, someone is going to drop their head in the process.

"The Ryan Shazier play is a play where he ducked his head and was injured", McKay said.

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Added Riveron: "If we see total loss of control, that's the way we're going to rule it. It is harder to do for them, no question".

The criticism has come from fans and players.

The NFL owners have spoken. For example, Oakland's Derek Carr posted a Tweet asking, "So what about QB sneaks?" There is a flaw in the National Football League rules where a fumble that goes into the end zone and out of bounds becomes a turnover and a touchback for the opponent. There are many reasons that the NFL has seen its ratings dip in recent years, but the pace of a football game is undoubtedly among them.

Shazier is rehabilitating a severe spinal cord injury suffered during a December game.

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"This is a pretty significant change", McKay said.

McKay said that it seems players across all levels have become more comfortable using the helmet as a weapon instead of a protective device and that a broad rule was needed to put that into context and we feel this does just that. "The blow is equally as unsafe to the person delivering it as the person it gets delivered to".

The new rule states that if a player lowers his helmet to initiate contact on a hit, it can be a 15-yard penalty.

"I think we can clarify this rule", Goodell said at his annual news conference before the Super Bowl. It's interesting we're still talking about that now. "The helmet was created to be a protective device". With people getting much more comfortable in their necks and ability to deliver a blow, we've allowed the helmet to become more a part of our game.

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"That slight movement of the ball. the old language read [if there's] slight movement, then that means you've got to overturn it", he explained, via CBS Boston.

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