Several NFL Rule Changes Occur

Several Special Teams Rules Passed

Barry Wilner, of The Associated Press, reports the NFL owners have passed a rule stating blocking wedges on kickoffs will not be allowed to have more than two players forming the wedge. Also, a rule stating the kicking team is not allowed to have more than five players bunched together pursuing an onside kick was passed.

NFL Rule On Hitting Defenseless Receiver Passed

Barry Wilner, of The Associated Press, reports the NFL owners have passed a rule that initial contact to the head of a defenseless receiver will draw a 15-yard penalty.

NFL Blindside Block Rule Passed

Barry Wilner, of The Associated Press, reports the NFL owners have passed a rule that a blindside block can’t be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent’s head or neck. If a player violates the rule, he will receive a 15-yard penalty.

NFL Rule On Low Hits On QBs Clarified

Christopher L. Gasper, of the Boston Globe, reports the NFL Competition Committee has adopted a clarification of the current rule on low hits on the quarterbacks. The addition states it is prohibited for a defender on the ground who has not been blocked or fouled directly into the quarterback from lunging or diving at a quarterback’s lower legs.