Is the no fun league starting to rare its ugly head again? It certainly looks like it.
For the past two seasons, NFL players have had the freedom to participate in group celebrations, but that all might be changing fairly soon.
The league will consider barring players from leaving the sidelines to join in on group celebrations, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports.
“If you’re on the field, fine,” one of those people said. “There would be no changes there. [But] there are some coaches and some clubs who don’t want to have players leaving the bench area to participate.”
The league’s rulemaking competition committee is to discuss the topic this week during its meetings in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine. If the committee makes a proposal on the issue, it would be presented to owners at the annual league meeting in late March in Phoenix and would need to be ratified by at least 24 of the 32 teams.
If the rule is passed, a violation of it will result in an illegal celebration being called against the offending team and a 15-yard penalty being assessed.
The league announced before the 2017 season that it would loosen its restrictions on celebrations, giving players more freedom.
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