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NFL passes eight new rules, three bylaw proposals and a resolution

PHOENIX —  NFL owners have passed eight new rules, three bylaw proposals and one resolution during today’s action at the annual league meetings.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Roger Goodell also announced this evening that the proposal to loosen the league’s player celebration rules have been tabled until he can meet and discuss the matter more with the players.

And one of the rules voted down was the proposal to allow coaches to challenge any officiating decision.

Here’s what was approved today:

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.

11. By Competition Committee; Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. By Competition Committee; Makes it Unsportsmanlike Conduct to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

15. By Competition Committee; Makes actions such as substitution violations to conserve time illegal after the two-minute warning of either half.

Bylaw proposals approved Tuesday:

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.

Resolution Proposal approved

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.

Bridgewater update: Vikings staff encouraged by look at QB's rehab


PHOENIX — How is Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s recovery from a devastating knee injury coming along? This might be a clue: GM Rick Spielman is making a surprising link between  Bridgewater’s recovery work and that of former Viking Adrian Peterson during his now legendary comeback.

Spielman, at the NFL owners’ meetings, said he watched quarterback Bridgewater last week and was impressed with what he saw.

“I know he’s been working extremely hard. As far as a timeline, I know he was in last week and continuing to rehab with our medical staff and [head athletic trainer] Eric Sugarman,” Spielman said. “I can tell you there is no one I’ve seen other than Adrian [Peterson] when he came back from his ACL that has worked as hard as Teddy is working. And this is more significant than just an ACL.

“But Teddy is incredible with the attitude and work ethic that he’s put in to get back on the field as quickly as we can.”

Bridgewater posted a video on Instagram of him making a pass while moving around with a heavily protected left knee.

Bridgewater has not conducted any interviews since he went down in a preseason practice last August with a complete ACL tear and other damage.

The Vikings made a trade for Sam Bradford and with no timetable set for Bridgewater’s return, the team could consider either drafting a security quarterback or signing a veteran in free agency. How they proceed obviously depends heavily on Bridgewater’s status over the coming months.

For now, they are pleased with the determination Bridgewater is showing in his rehab process. Coach Mike Zimmer, speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, praised the work the young QB has put in.

“The big thing for Teddy is,  he’s got to keep progressing to where he’s going,” Zimmer told Alex Marvez of Sirius XM. “He’s doing a great job in rehab. He was in last week doing a good job. These guys will get him back and get him ready to go.

“I honestly don’t know when; no one really knows. … We’re anticipating getting him back at some point, we just don’t know when.”

Zimmer added that Bridgewater is running in the pool and doing other non-weight bearing training.

That work is in the hands of the Vikings’ trainers. In the meantime, Zimmer is preparing for an even better year from Bradford after a full offseason. He’ll also get help from what should be a stronger offensive line and a running back in Latavius Murray who is multi-faceted.

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