Rule changes continue to roll in, as NFL owners have voted for more leniency towards celebrations, to shorten the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and to allow two players to return from IR (previously, the rule only allowed for one).
The @NFL has passed a rule change moving overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, per league official. Expected but important.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2017
This change is primarily meant to address player safety, as additional snaps could provide more opportunities for injury or concussion. Nevertheless, teams voiced concerns about a shortened overtime period, particularly the possibility of an increase in the number of tied games due to this change.
According to the NFL, there have been 83 overtime games in the last five seasons, with only 22 of them lasting for at least 10 minutes of overtime play (the average overtime period over that span is 7 minutes and 43 seconds).
.@NFL owners have passed a resolution allowing two players to return off Injured Reserve, source says. Used to be just one.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2017
This rule change could prove immensely important moving forward. The potential to bring back two players from Injured Reserve (instead of the previous rule of allowing only one designated player to return) will give teams suffering from several injuries the ability to bring back multiple players. This makes the decision to move players to IR and off of IR a little easier all around.
Following conversations with dozens of players, we’re making changes to our celebrations policy: https://t.co/1NLdEJjsGD— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) May 23, 2017
The NFL will also allow remove some of the restrictions surrounding touchdown celebrations. After banning several celebrations last year, the league will once again allow props and group celebrations, among others in 2017. Some celebrations (twerking, suggestive dancing, weapon imagery, etc.) will still be banned.
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