facebook
twitter
search
search

NFL kills receiver 'force-out' rule

April 2, 2008 at 5:04 PM

PALM BEACH, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- NFL receivers will no longer be credited with a catch if they are forced out of bounds, league officials decided at their meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.

Under a new rule, game officials will not have to determine if a receiver was forced out on a reception. The receiver will have to have both feet inbounds for a legal catch.

The rule was one of several adopted before the league meetings concluded Wednesday.

Other changes:

-- Replay cameras may be used to determine if field goals and extra points are good.

-- The league eliminated the 5-yard penalty for incidental contact with a facemask.

-- Teams winning the opening coin toss may defer their decision until the second half.

-- The ball will be 'live' any time it is snapped by the center without touching the quarterback instead of the team being assessed a false-start penalty.

League officials decided to make no change in the playoff structure. There had been talk of a possible new playoff seeding format, but no formal vote was taken.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback