Patriots propose four rule changes to NFL

The NFL’s Competition Committee listened to rule-change proposals from teams on Wednesday, and four were pitched by the Patriots.

The Patriots proposed extending the goal posts 5 feet higher, permitting a coach to challenge any play except a scoring play, moving the line of scrimmage for a point-after to the 25, and adding more cameras to the boundary lines of the field for the purposes of instant replay.


The rule proposals will be considered and voted upon at next week’s owners’ meetings in Florida.

Other proposals include:

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 The Colts proposed letting teams with a retractable roof on their stadiums open it at halftime if the weather improves.

 The Redskins proposed letting any player return from injured reserve after six weeks instead of just one per team per season, and also that game-day rosters be at 49 players instead of 46 for games played on days other than Sunday and Monday. The Redskins also proposed eliminating overtime in the preseason.

 The Competition Committee proposed moving the PAT line to the 20 for one week of the preseason as a trial run.

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