NFL owners adopt new rules, bylaws

NFL owners held a virtual meeting on Thursday with several items up for a vote, some passing, and some not taking the next step just yet.

Among the items that passed were expanding defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner and increasing the number of players that may be designated for return from injured reserve from two to three.

One of the proposals up for a vote was the 'fourth-and-15' play, which would have allowed teams to try a fourth-and-15 play from their own 25-yard line in place of an onside kick, was tabled.

Full details of the proposals that passed are below.

The below playing rules and bylaws were adopted by NFL clubs today:
* Approved 2020 Playing Rules Summary*

2.     By Philadelphia; to amend Rule 15, Section 2, to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.

8.    By Competition Committee; expands defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but who has not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent.

9.   By Competition Committee; prevents teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running.

Approved 2020 Bylaws Summary

2.   By League Office; increases the number of players that may be designated for return from two to three. Incorporates interpretations applicable to bye weeks during the regular season and postseason.

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