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NFL Competition Committee rule proposals

Posted Mar 19, 2014

The following are the rule proposals from the NFL's Competition Committee, which Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin is a member of.

NFL Owners will vote on these rule proposals at the league's annual meetings.

Rule proposals

  • Rule to increase number of Active List players for regular-season games played on a day other than Sunday or Monday (excluding the opening weekend of the season) from 46 players to 49 players.
  • Rule to raise the Practice Squad limit from eight to 10 players.
  • Rule to permit clubs to trade players prior to the start of the League Year.
  • Rule to eliminate roster cut-down from 90-75 players (during preseason) – would go from 90 to 53.
  • Rule to permit more than one player to return to the Active List from the club’s Reserved/Injured List.
  • Rule to permit each club to time/test at its facility 10 players who attended the NFL Combine; also permits clubs to attend timing and testing session at another club’s facility that involves three or more draft-eligible players.
  • Rule to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line.
  • Rule to subject personal foul penalties to instant replay review.
  • Rule to eliminate overtime periods in preseason games.
  • Rule to extend the goal posts an additional five feet above the cross bar (from 30 feet to 35 feet).
  • Rule to move the line of scrimmage for PATs to the defensive team’s 25-yard line.
  • Rule to put fixed cameras on all boundary lines.
  • Rule to permit a coach to challenge any officials’ decision except scoring plays and turnovers.
  • Rule to permit Home Team to open a closed roof and/or wall at halftime.
  • Rule to make rolling up on the side of the legs of a defender illegal.
  • Rule to allow the referee to consult with members of the NFL Officiating Department replay reviews.
  • Rule to expand reviewable plays to include the recovery a loose ball in the field of play.
  • Rule that will keep the game clock running after a quarterback sack outside of two minutes remaining in either half.
  • Rule that states pass interference can occur at any spot beyond the line of scrimmage, instead of more than one yard beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Rule that changes the spot of enforcement for defensive fouls committed behind the line of scrimmage to the previous spot.
  • Rule to adjust the time of roster reduction to 53 players to 4:00 p.m., New York time, from 6:00 p.m., New York time, on the Saturday of the fourth preseason week in years where no preseason games are scheduled for that Friday.