NFL Owners' Meetings 2012: Injured Reserve, Replay Changes Proposed

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The annual NFL owners' meetings begin Monday, and several rules changes are on the table. Here is a look at them:

Proposed Rules Changes

  • Giving the replay official in the booth the authority to determine replay outcomes, rather than the referee on the field.
  • Modifying the horse-collar tackle rules to remove the exception for quarterbacks in the pocket.
  • Applying the postseason overtime rule to the regular season, meaning no team can by kicking a field goal on its first possession.
  • Adding a loss of down penalty for illegally kicking the ball.
  • Making 'too many men in the huddle' penalties a dead-ball foul.
  • Modify the 'defenseless player' interpretation to include players who receive 'crackback' blocks.
  • Replay Official will initiate reviews of certain "turnovers" throughout the game. Expands reviewable plays to include the on-field ruling of a runner out of bounds when the recovery of a fumble occurs in the action following the fumble, and the on-field ruling of an incomplete pass when a backward pass is recovered in the action following the backward pass.

Proposed Bylaw Changes

  • Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day on a day other than Sunday, will be customary business days for the purpose of Player Personnel transactions.
  • Moving the trading deadline to the Tuesday after the eighth weekend.
  • Increase the offseason roster limit to 90 players.
  • Eliminate first preseason cutdown to 75 players if roster limit remains at 80.
  • Permit teams to return to their Active List one player who is placed on Injured Reserve after their first regular-season game. Big Blue View is in favor of this change.
  • Gives the team an additional roster spot for a player who has been diagnosed
    with a concussion.

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