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National Football League announces major changes to touchdown celebration restrictions

National Football League announces major changes to touchdown celebration restrictions

On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell actually referenced that skit and it's famous "two-pump rule" in a joke on Twitter. This year, most of those celebrations would be allowed.

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.

Owners also agreed to eliminate the trimming of the roster from 90 players to 75 prior to the final preseason game. In a much needed attempt to speed up the game, a 40-second play clock will now start once the official signals a touchdown, and teams will need to get their PAT team on the field quickly if they don't want to be penalized.

"Today, in our society with everything all about one person, to have it that this could be a group celebration, I'm all for it", Detillier said.

Injured Reserve Eligible PlayersTwo players are now allowed to return from Injured Reserve as opposed to one. Instead, rosters will be reduced from 90 players to 53 players in one deadline day after the preseason in complete.




Goodell added that "offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent" will still draw penalties.

That means more players will get a final chance to make an National Football League roster, and there will be a frenzy of activity after the final preseason game.

In terms of roster moves, the National Football League made a decision to eliminate the reduction from 90 players to 75 players that occurs in between Week 3 and Week 4 of the preseason. According to NFL Research, 22 of the league's 83 overtime periods over the past five years have lasted at least 10 minutes. Players will now be able to use the ball as a prop, do group celebrations, go to the ground and even make snow angels. Now teams no longer have to make their first cut to 75 until after another pre-season game.

The NFL has announced four rule changes for the 2017 season.

Other rules that have significant impact on players and teams alike, include the new IR designation, overtime rules, and penalties for on-field celebrations. A player placed on injured reserve can begin practicing after six weeks and return to game action after eight.


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