NFL Commissioner Roger Gooderll, left, walks with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, far right, and Dolphins CEO Mike Dee during the annual NFL footbal meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Phoenix.
PHOENIX (AP) — NFL
owners have passed a player safety rule barring ball carriers from using
the crown of their helmets to make contact with a defender in the open
Several coaches and team executives expressed concern about
officiating the new rule, but Commissioner Roger Goodell championed it
and it passed Wednesday as the owners meetings concluded.
rule, one of the most criticized rules in pro football, was eliminated.
Now, if a quarterback loses control of the ball before he has fully
protected it after opting not to throw, it is a fumble.
review now will be allowed on plays when a coach challenges even though
he is not allowed to. But the coach will be penalized or lose a timeout,
depending on when he threw the challenge flag.
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