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montrose
03-24-2009, 11:24 AM
NFL owners pass four player safety rules for 2009 season

DANA POINT, Calif. -- NFL owners have passed four player safety rules for next season. One of them is the elimination of blindside helmet-to-helmet blocks.

The changes came Tuesday at the NFL meetings in California.

The new rules state that the initial force of a blindside block can't be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent's head or neck. An illegal blindside block will bring a 15-yard penalty.

Initial contact to the head of a defenseless receiver also will draw a 15-yard penalty.

On kickoffs, no blocking wedge of more than two players will be allowed. Also, the kicking team can't have more than five players bunched together pursuing an onside kick.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80f6c090&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true

HEAV
03-24-2009, 11:28 AM
*ussy ball.

Beantown Bronco
03-24-2009, 11:29 AM
On kickoffs, no blocking wedge of more than two players will be allowed.

For me, this will affect the most drastic change in the way the game will be played.

Flex Gunmetal
03-24-2009, 11:34 AM
yay a new slew of rules to skew games and determine outcomes.

montrose
03-24-2009, 11:34 AM
For me, this will affect the most drastic change in the way the game will be played.

I'd have to think it will cut down on big returns.

Pony Boy
03-24-2009, 11:57 AM
I really thought they would go after tighter rules for the cut block .
Does the Patriots utilize the cut block as much as the Bronco's?