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PostSubject: NFL owners may end tuck rule, amend replays   Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:36 pm

By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PHOENIX -- The tuck rule, the once-obscure-but-much-debated regulation that helped the New England Patriots* go to the Super Bowl in 2001, could disappear.

Instant replay, which already interrupts the game more times than the Steelers would care to see, could be amended so that a coach without a challenge could still manage to have a play reviewed.

And defenses probably will be glad to know that running backs such as Adrian Peterson soon may be punished for leading with the crown of their helmet, instead of the other way around.

Those are some of the several rule proposals that could be adopted this week when the National Football League owners convene for their annual meeting, which begins today.

The tuck rule, though, probably will draw the most attention. It is one of six proposed rule changes from the league's competition committee that may be abandoned.

"What is happening is a great majority of these plays are appropriately called fumbles," Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said on a conference call. "Then officials go into replay and look at it, and under the rule if the tuck had not been completed [the call] has to be reversed. They think they can call it and can understand when a passer has lost control of the ball, so we felt more comfortable proposing the rule."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/nfl-owners-may-end-tuck-rule-amend-replays-679664/#ixzz2Nosge7ch


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