NFL considering rule changes

The ball goes through the uprights after New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (9) kicked the winning...

The ball goes through the uprights after New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (9) kicked the winning field goal in overtime to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL NFC Championship game in San Francisco, California January 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Beck Difenbach)

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, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

NEW YORK - Several important changes could be made to NFL rules next week, including moving the trade deadline, modifying the replay and overtime policies and changing the policy on players seriously injured during the season.

The NFL's Competition Committee announced those proposals and more on a conference call this afternoon, according to NFL.com. League owners will debate the changes at meetings next week in Palm Beach, Florida.

Most significant may be the proposed overtime policy change. If adopted, the rule used in last year's postseason -- giving the team that did not receive the overtime kickoff a possession if their opponent kicks a field goal -- would be applied in the regular season.

Under current rules, overtime in the regular season is sudden death.

Other committee proposals include: automatically reviewing turnovers; allowing players on injured reserve to return (currently the injured reserve list ends a player's season); having all replays be viewed by the booth rather than a referee on the field; and making the too many men on the field penalty a dead- ball infraction.

Two-thirds, or 24-of-32, of teams must approve a proposed rule change for it to take effect.

 


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