NFL Rule Changes: Overtime Length and Touchdown Celebrations

NFL Rule Changes: Overtime Length and Touchdown Celebrations

On a related note and as expected, owners also passed an overtime rule proposal on Tuesday and that now means that extra periods will be shorted to 10 minutes from the traditional 15.

Also a new rule that will take effect this year is the elimination of the first round of roster cuts.

Previously, NFL teams would have to cut down the roster from 90 players to 75 before the fourth preseason game, and then 75 to 53 when preseason ends. The NFL announced on Tuesday that its players will have more freedom of expression in 2017 as it will ease up on their previous rules regarding celebrations. A big part of that was the league's increasing intolerance of touchdown celebrations, the dancing in the end zones.

"The pendulum had swung a long way" in restricting players too much, McKay added.

The league will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.

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Obviously this gives more players another chance to prove themselves in that final week of preseason action.

Overtime isn't the only change coming. In the past, teams have been allowed to move one player from IR to the active roster per season, at the midway point. Teams also don't have to designate the player they will bring back ahead of time.

In summary: Broncos players on the roster bubble will have more opportunities to make the team, overtime games will be shorter and two players will be allowed to come back from IR.

Examples of celebrations permitted under the new guidelines include using the football as a prop after a touchdown, group demonstrations and celebrating on the ground (like snow angels, for instance). The change will include all preseason, regular season and playoff games, although postseason contests can not end in ties. As ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported Tuesday, there were 32,732 total plays during last year's National Football League regular season, and only 60 of them came in the final five minutes of overtime. Now two players, instead of one, can be re-activated after spending at least eight weeks on injured reserve.

Since the rule that allowed teams to activate one player off injured reserve was introduced in 2012, it has been crucial for teams around the league, even changing the outlook of a season.

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