National Football League approves player-friendly rules changes

Hazel Gray
June 6, 2017

Many have called it the "No Fun League" because players aren't allowed to express themselves after making a big play or scoring a touchdown.

Specifically, the letter stated players would now be allowed to use the football as a prop, participate in group demonstrations and celebrate on the ground free of penalty. Twerking is still out.

The league will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.

Goodell's letter included examples of celebrations that are OK again.

The last week of the preseason should be a bit more exciting for Minnesota's fans to watch as even more players will be fighting for a regular season roster spot during that game.

The cracking down on celebrations in recent seasons had more than one fan decrying the NFL as the "No Fun League".

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In summary: Broncos players on the roster bubble will have more opportunities to make the team, overtime games will be shorter and two players will be allowed to come back from IR. According to NFL Research, there have been 83 overtime games over the last five seasons, 22 of them lasting at least 10 minutes into overtime (the average time elapsed in overtime in the last five years is 7 minutes, 43 seconds). The NFL eliminated the preseason 75 player roster cut-down, which happens between team's third and fourth preseason game, and elected to just make one roster cut-down from 90 players to 53 players following each team's final preseason game.

For the first 47 years of the National Football League, once a player was placed on IR (injured reserve), he was not allowed to return to the active roster until the following season. The change will include all preseason, regular season and playoff games, although postseason contests can not end in ties.

In other words, the No Fun League is attempting to fix its image.

Under previous rules, teams were allowed to designate only one player to be activated from IR.

It's the rule the Ravens used to permit Ray Lewis to rejoin the 53-man roster after tearing his triceps in mid-October that year en route to Super XLVII glory.

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