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Potential Rule Changes for the 2017 Season

There are 15 potential rule changes on the docket when the NFL Spring League Meeting kicks off this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.

Here are the proposals on the table that all 32 owners will vote upon:

  1. By Philadelphia; Gives additional protections for long snappers on kick plays.
  1. By Philadelphia; Prohibits the "leaper" block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.
  1. By Philadelphia; Expands the "crown of helmet" foul to include "hairline" part of helmet.
  1. By Philadelphia; Amends the challenge system by granting a third challenge if a club is successful on at least one of its initial two challenges, and expands reviewable plays outside of two minutes of each half.
  1. By Washington; Eliminates the limit of three total challenges per team per game and eliminates the requirement that a team be successful on each of its first two challenges in order to be awarded a third challenge.
  1. By Washington; Moves the line of scrimmage to the 20-yard line for any touchback where the free kick travels through the uprights.
  1. By Buffalo and Seattle; Permits a coach to challenge any officials' decision except scoring plays and turnovers.
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.
  1. By Competition Committee; Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line for one year only.
  1. By Competition Committee; Reduces the length of preseason and regular season overtime periods to 10 minutes.
  1. By Competition Committee; Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.
  1. By Competition Committee; Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews.
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.
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