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NFL could eliminate tuck rule

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 14, 2013 Mar 14, 2013 Thursday, March 14 2013 March 14, 2013 2:17 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The tuck rule could disappear from NFL games if owners approve a proposal from the competition committee to dump it.

The owners also will consider a change to instant replay rules allowing for a video review even when a coach makes an illegal challenge. The league meetings are next week in Phoenix.

If a passer is in the act of bringing the ball down into his body rather than throwing it and loses control, it has been ruled an incomplete pass under the tuck rule. The proposal would make it a fumble.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz challenged what officials ruled an 81-yard scoring run by Houston's Justin Forsett last Thanksgiving. Because all scoring plays are reviewed, Schwartz was not allowed to throw the red flag, and by doing so he negated use of replay. Forsett clearly had been down by contact earlier in the run, but the touchdown stood.

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