NFL Rule Changes

A referee collects his penalty flag as the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Major NFL Rule Changes For 2014 Season

The biggest rule change of the 2014 NFL season won’t require a single edit in the rule book. That’s because, technically, it’s not a change. The league has simply made aggressive play in the defensive backfield a “point of emphasis” Initiating contact five yards beyond the line of scrimmage and illegal hands to the face were always penalties, but now the NFL will be monitoring them more closely.

08/22/2014

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots

NFL Rule Changes For The 2012 Season

The NFL has further updated the rules, in the interest of fairness and player safety. See what’s new for the 2012 season.

08/29/2012

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