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NFL Discusses Potential Rules Changes For 2011

Even though the league is in a lockout currently, the NFL has let it be known that there could be rule changes for 2011 season--or whenever games are played again. According to a conference call held today, players who repeatedly commit illegal hits will be far more likely to receive a suspension.

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Other changes that could be made include moving the kickoff from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line. If such a change happens, maybe fans should start watching the Canadian Football League to become familiar with it, as that is where they place the pigskin.

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Adding an extra five yards to a touchback, bringing the ball to the 25-yard line, is also under consideration. Five free extra yards? Who's going to run the ball out of the end zone now?

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Outside of the NFL's rules on illegal hits in 2010, the major change that occurred last year involved the overtime in the playoffs. That allowed the kicking team a possession to tie or win the game if a touchdown did not happen on the initial drive.

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