NFL Not Considering Eliminating Kickoffs This Season

NFL Not Considering Eliminating Kickoffs This Season

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, speaking at the league's two-day coaching summit on new proposed rule changes, emphasized the NFL is not looking to get rid of kickoffs, but rather revise them in hopes of making the play safer, per NFL Network's Judy Battista.

League leaders repeatedly have said they consider the kickoff the most risky play in the sport and they would consider eliminating it if they can not make it safer for players. The play has been a part of the sport since its inception, but recent data has suggested that players get injured at a higher rate on kickoffs than they do on other plays.

"There's no question that this is not about getting it out of the game", Vincent told reporters.

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The meetings, which will include former National Football League players, are the latest to address the issue of kickoffs and touchbacks, where the ball is downed in the end zone or kicked beyond it and teams begin scrimmage plays from their 25-yard line.

Green Bay Packers president, Mark Murphy, is definitely in favor for these changes in the kickoff rules in concern for his players health. The NFL has already eliminated wedge blocking from kickoff returns, but Vincent indicated the two-on-one blocks could be eliminated, which would allow only one-on-one blocking during a return. Those proposals could be considered by the owners when they meet later in May in Atlanta.

Referees figure to have the trickiest time with the regulation since numerous situations will involve interior linemen blocking or trying to attack the quarterback.

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