NFL Makes 4 Big Rule Changes For 2017


The idea behind this rule change is to decrease the competitive disadvantage teams may have if they were to play in a full 15-minute overtime period and then play a game the following week against a team that did not play an overtime game in the previous week.

The owners also voted to eliminate the first mandatory roster cut that went from 90 to 75 players.

"Today, we are excited to tell you about another change that comes after conversations with more than 80 current and former players", National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Tuesday. This will only increase the likelihood of games resulting in ties.

At the NFL's spring meeting in the Windy City, owners approved a handful of rule changes, one of them being shorter overtimes. This new rule allows two players. Playoff games also will use 10-minute time blocks in overtime but won't end in ties.

Perhaps most notably, the National Football League has eliminated the roster cutdown of 90 players down to 75 players, according to Albert Breer of the MMQB. Players will be allowed to celebrate on the ground, and will be able to do so in groups again. This has its advantages, though it will make the job more hard for general managers, head coaches and pro personnel departments, as well as fans trying to predict their team's roster.

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While the big headliners are the shortened overtime and expanded celebrations, there were a couple of changes to the construction of rosters that will be impactful next season, as well. In the past, teams have been allowed to move one player from IR to the active roster per season, at the midway point. Had this new rule been in place, both players would have been able to come off IR. For those wondering, this essentially guarantees Vikings wide receiver Moritz Böhringer the chance to play in four preseason games if he is still on the roster at the start training camp.

But in a letter released Tuesday, commissioner Roger Goodell wrote that it would still be against the rules for celebrations to "delay the game".

The rule gives teams more roster flexibility and allows key players to come back for critical late-season games if they suffer an early-season injury. Specifically, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was glad to see the move on Goodell's part.

The 75-player requirement has been dropped, which likely will mean no starter or top-of-the-line reserve will seeing playing time in the final preseason game, but players vying for spots on practice squads throughout the league will get a longer look than in the past.