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Rules Changes Proposed for 2013 NFL Season

The league’s owners meeting is happening over the course of the next week, and as a part of the meetings, the competition committee has proposed several new rules and changes to rules for the 2013 NFL season. Here are some of the proposals, thanks to the folks at

  • Changes to replay rules: Coaches who throw a flag on a play which is already automatically reviewed  will still be penalized, but the play is still reviewable. Also, replays on incomplete passes that are deemed as catches and fumbles can be overturned up to the point of the fumble recovery.
  • Changes to safety rules on field goals: Long snappers will be defenseless players, and no more than 6 players can be on either side of the ball at the snap.
  • Removal of the Tuck Rule.
  • Change to numbering conventions: Tight ends and H-backs can now wear numbers 40-49.
  • Change to blocking rules: The “peel-back” block would no longer be a legal low block, so even within the tackle box, a peel-back block would draw a personal foul.
  • Change to helmet hit rules: Runners outside of the tackle box can be flagged for using their helmet as a leading force, not just defenders.
  • Point of emphasis: Knee and thigh pads are mandatory for all players, and are able to be checked on the sidelines by officials.
  • Point of emphasis: Field maintenance and condition.

There were other rules and bylaws proposed, but these were the important ones I was able to draw from the tweets and notes surrounding the conference call. The tuck rule and replay change to allow fumble recoveries to be ruled on incomplete passes make the most sense to me, and would have an impact on play in 2013.

Now back to scanning the wires for more free agency news!

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