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NFL Rule Changes for 2016

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At the league meetings, seven rule changes were approved for the 2016 season.

The first one on the list is not really a change. It makes the longer extra point used in 2015 a permanent part of the rules.

Aside from that, it seems like the league avoided making any massive alterations to the rule book. There were player safety moves such as totally eliminating the chop block and expanding what a horse collar penalty encompasses. Eliminating the five yard penalty for a receiver going out of bounds and catching the ball is not a big deal because the catch still will not count, and it will be a loss of down. The communication stuff and penalty for calling a timeout a team doesn't have are also not big changes.

It looks like the 2016 NFL will have similar rules to the league in 2015. Well, at this point it seems that way. More rule changes will be considered today.