NFL owners adopt chop block rule, among others

More rule changes to be discussed Wednesday.

NFL owners today adopted seven rule changes and will continue discussions Wednesday, while at owners meetings in Florida.

All chop blocks will now be illegal. Owners also voted to make the 15-yard line the permanent line of scrimmage for extra points.

Still open for discussion is whether players should be ejected from a single game after committing two personal fouls. That -- among other proposed rule changes -- will be on the table Wednesday, the last day of the league's annual meetings.

Here are the seven rule changes that were approved Tuesday:


1.   By Competition Committee; Permanently moves the line of scrimmage for Try kicks to the defensive team’s 15-yard line, and allows the defense to return any missed Try.
 
2.   By Competition Committee; Permits the offensive and defensive play callers on the coaching staffs to use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they are on the field or in the coaches’ booth.
 
3.   By Competition Committee; Makes all chop blocks illegal.
 
16. By Competition Committee; Expands the horse collar rule to include when a defender grabs the jersey at the name plate or above and pulls a runner toward the ground.
 
17. By Competition Committee; Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team attempts to call a timeout when it is not permitted to do so.
 
18. By Competition Committee; Eliminates the five-yard penalty for an eligible receiver illegally touching a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, and makes it a loss of down.
 
19. By Competition Committee; Eliminates multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession.


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