NFL adjusts rules for defenceless players

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, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL has made adjustments to rules regarding defenceless players and blows to the heads of quarterbacks.

According to the NFL Network, a defenceless player will be regarded as one that has not yet had a chance to defend himself from a hit. In the past, a receiver who had made a catch and came down with two feet was fair game for a defensive player, but now the receiver will be protected until he becomes a runner.

As far as hits to the heads of quarterbacks, the NFL Network reported that the "grazing" blow by a defensive player will now be a judgment call by the officials. Any contact with the quarterback's helmet in recent years had been an automatic penalty.

Also, the NFL Network reports that there has been a more comprehensive definition of a player who "launches" toward another.

NFL owners are meeting in Indianapolis and the rules adjustments were reportedly approved by a unanimous 32-0 vote.


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