Patriots’ proposed rule change regarding goalpost height passes
|03.26.14 at 11:13 am ET|
Only one of the Patriots’ proposed rule changes was approved on Wednesday at the NFL annual meeting. The goalpost height will increase by five feet, moving from 30 to 35 feet.
The proposal to move the point-after attempt to the 25-yard line was tabled, although the NFL will experiment with longer PATs in the preseason, moving the line of scrimmage for the extra point to the 20-yard line for the first two weeks of exhibition games.
The proposal to add more cameras for instant replay has been tabled until May.
Other rules approved on Wednesday include allowing the game clock to continue after a quarterback sack prior to the two-minute mark, and making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play a call that is reviewable.
Owners on Wednesday rejected proposals to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line and to allow more than one player to return to the roster during the season after being placed on injured reserve.
On Tuesday, three rules were approved, the biggest allowing referees to communicate with the officiating office in New York during a review to help determine the outcome of a call. The other two were making dunking over the crossbar in celebration a penalty and making roll-up blocks on the side of a player illegal.
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