Redskins propose eight changes to NFL rules and bylaws

Redskins propose eight changes to NFL rules and bylaws
March 19, 2014, 5:15 pm
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The Redskins have been busy in free agency. They’ve also been busy coming up with suggested changes to the NFL’s rulebook. 

Among the eight proposals put forth by the Redskins to be considered and voted upon during at next week's owners' meetings in Orlando:

  • Moving kickoffs to the 40-yard line (from the 35).
  • Making personal foul penalties reviewable.
  • Eliminating overtime in the preseason.
  • Increasing the number of active players on game day from 46 to 49 for non-Sunday or Monday games, excluding Week 1. (The change would therefore apply to Thursday and Saturday games).
  • Increasing the practice squad from eight to 10 players.
  • Permitting players to be traded prior to the start of the league year.
  • Eliminating the first cut (from 90 to 75) during training camp. The only cut would be from 90 to 53.
  • Allowing more than one player to be “designated to return” from injured reserve.

Again, those were the proposals from just the Redskins. There were a few more from other teams, such as the much-discussed longer extra point kick (making it a 43-yard attempt). That was among the four proposals submitted by New England, which came in a distant second to Washington’s total of suggested changes.

For a full list of the proposals, click here.