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NFL owners approve six rule changes at league meetings

ORLANDO, Fla - NFL owners today passed six new rule changes and tabled three more at the league meetings in Orlando.

Arguably the most significant rule change will allow officials to use replay to review recoveries of fumbles and other loose balls.

Owners also voted to pass a rules that would extend the uprights on goalposts five feet higher. This is expected to reduce the number of instances in which a ball would sail above the upright, making judgment easier for officials.

Here are the other four rule changes:
  •   The clock will no longer stop when the quarterback is sacked.
  •   Blocks where a blocker hits rolls up on the side of the knee of another player have now been deemed illegal.
  •   Officials now have the ability to communicate wirelessly with each other, and with the league replay office.
  •   Players will now be penalized for dunking the ball over the goalpost as a form of celebration after scoring a touchdown.

The league also tabled three more proposals for further review. The most significant of these was a proposal that would move the line of scrimmage on extra points to the 25 yard line, making for about a 43 yard attempt.

The league will use the first two games of the preseason as a trial period for this rule. For those two games, the line of scrimmage for PATs will be the 20 yard line. That attempt would be about 38 yards.

After that period, the line of scrimmage will return to the two yard line. League officials will presumably use this data vote on this proposal again at next year's NFL meetings.

Historically, kicks of that distance return a success rate in the high 80s, whereas accuracy on the current PAT is above 99.5 percent.

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