The NFL owners voted to ban “roll up” blocks to the side of a defender’s leg at the league’s annual meeting on Tuesday.
Rolling up on the back of a defensive player's leg had already been illegal and subject to a flag for unnecessary roughness. The amendment adds “or side” to the existing rule.
“All it does is extend – we granted what we call ‘roll-up’ protection or protection from players rolling up the back of a player’s legs – we’re going to extend that protection from the back to the sides,” NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay said on a conference call with reporters last week. “We saw some plays on tape that we just felt like we needed to expand that protection.”
For the past few years, the NFL has been focused on protecting quarterbacks and receivers. Now defenders are getting some additional extra protection, as well.