One-year trial: NFL owners approve placing ball at 25-yard line after touchbacks, vs. 20

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BOCA RATON, Florida — NFL owners have approved as a one-year trial ejecting a player who draws two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties from specific categories.

Those categories include throwing a punch at or kicking an opponent; taunting; and using abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures.

Also approved Wednesday as a one-year trial was placing the ball at the 25-yard line after touchbacks on kickoffs instead of the 20. The league is seeking ways to reduce injuries on kickoff returns, which it says statistically are the most dangerous plays in the game.

Expanding video replay in officiating, suggested by Baltimore, has been tabled.


  • Sigh

    Why don’t we just play half field. All play starts at the 50, score a TD just line back up at the 50. This is getting ridiculous. A majority of the kicks now either go into or behind the end zone to begin with. There is no point of running out of the end zone anymore.

    • Opinion8d

      I would agree, I can see kickers getting more height / air time on the ball and try to drop it inside the 10 so the guy can be crushed. It’s like tax policies… can create a ‘fix’ based on past behavior, but once the rules change, people behave differently.

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