Roger Goodell Comments on Potentially Eliminating Kickoffs

September 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with Mark Maske of the Washington Post about the possibility that the league will remove kickoffs entirely from the NFL for safety purposes:
We've made some very effective changes on the kickoff that have had a very significant impact reducing injuries. It is still a play where we see a higher propensity for head injury. So we want to try to address that. We think there's still further changes that we can make. We won't take anything off the table, including the elimination. But we still think there are some changes that we can make that we'll continue to see progress in that area.
The NFL's latest rule change to make the play safer appears to have backfired. This season, the league put into place a new rule that would give teams the ball at the 25-yard line for touchbacks rather than the 20, with the hope that more returners would take a knee when the ball was kicked into the end zone rather than attempt to run the ball out.
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