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NFL considering changes to extra points, replay

Mar. 19, 2014
 
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Among the rules changes the NFL will consider at its owners meetings next week are moving the extra point snap to the 25-yard line if teams want to kick, and allowing referees to consult with members of the league’s officiating department during instant replay reviews.

The league’s competition committee conducted a conference call today with reporters to apprise them of this season’s 13 new rules proposals, seven bylaw proposals and one resolution proposal on the docket for owners next week. Here’s a list by ProFootballTalk.com of all the proposals: http://tinyurl.com/o97evmh

For a proposal to pass, 24 of the 32 teams have to approve it.

The proposal to move the extra point snap to the 25 still would allow teams to go for a two-point conversion from the 2. It’s highly unlikely the NFL would make such a drastic rules change this offseason, but the league might experiment with the new rule in the preseason.

Also, allowing referees to consult with the league’s officiating department in New York City is a possible first step toward going to the centralized replay system the NFL uses. In that system, officials at the league offices would handle the entire replay process and not just be available for consult.

Among the other more noteworthy proposals, the league will consider:

- Eliminating overtime in the preseason.

- Allowing replay challenges on all plays not subject to automatic review.

- Changing pass-interference rules to eliminate legal “pick” plays within a yard of the line of scrimmage. Currently, receivers can begin blocking while a pass is in the air if they’re within a yard of the line of scrimmage.

- Increasing the active roster from 46 to 49 players for Thursday, Friday and Saturday games.

- Increasing the practice squad from eight to 10 players.

- Eliminating the preseason roster cut down from 90 to 75, so there’s only one cut down, to 53.

- Increasing the number of players who can be placed on injured reserve/designated for return. It’s currently only one.

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