Approved Rule Changes for 2017 Season

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As the NFL's Owners Meetings continued on Tuesday, eight rule changes, four new bylaws and one new resolution were approved.

Here's a look at a few of the most notable approved rule changes:

Leaping over the line of scrimmage at the snap of field goals, PATs now prohibited

This rule prohibits the "leaper" block attempt on field goals and PATs, a proposal submitted by Philadelphia.

Two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls on a player in one game will result in automatic disqualification

A permanent rule has been put into place that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, a proposal submitted by the Competition Committee.

Designated members of the Officiating department will make final decisions on replay reviews

This rule replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews, a proposal submitted by the Competition Committee.

Here is the full list of all approved playing rule, bylaw and resolution proposals:

Approved 2017 Playing Rules Proposals

​​2a. By Philadelphia; Prohibits the "leaper" block attempt on field goal and extra point plays.

8.   By Competition Committee; Makes permanent the rule that disqualifies a player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. 

9.   By Competition Committee; Changes the spot of the next snap after a touchback resulting from a free kick to the 25-yard line for one year only. 

  1. By Competition Committee; Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection. 
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes crackback blocks prohibited by a backfield player who is in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped. 
  1. By Competition Committee; Replaces the sideline replay monitor with a hand-held device and authorizes designated members of the Officiating department to make the final decision on replay reviews. 
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock. 
  1. By Competition Committee; Makes actions to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

Approved 2017 Bylaw Proposals

4.     By Competition Committee; Liberalizes rules for timing, testing, and administering physical examinations to draft-eligible players at a club's facility for one year only. 

5.     By Competition Committee; Changes the procedures for returning a player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness to the Active List to be similar to those for returning a player that was Designated for Return.  

6.     By Competition Committee; The League office will transmit a Personnel Notice to clubs on Sundays during training camp and preseason.

Approved 2017 Resolution Proposal

G-4.     By Competition Committee: Permits a contract or non-contract non-football employee to interview with and be hired by another club during the playing season, provided the employer club has consented.

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