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NFL’s Competitors Committee Formally Proposes Ban On ‘Hip-Drop’ Tackles

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The NFL’s competitors and well being and security advisory committees have formally proposed banning the controversial sort out that ended New England Patriots operating again Rhamondre Stevenson’s season in Week 13 final yr.

The league launched its proposal for a ban on the “hip-drop” sort out on Wednesday, based on NFL Insider Jonathan Jones.

The proposal defines the sort out as when a defender “grabs the runner with each fingers or wraps the runner with each arms and unweights himself by swiveling and dropping his hips and/or decrease physique, touchdown on and trapping the runner’s leg(s) at or under the knee.”

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If the rule modification is handed by 24 of the 32 franchise homeowners on the league’s annual assembly, the ban can be in place for the 2024 season. The penalty assessed on a “hip-drop” sort out can be 15 yards.

Former Patriots quarterback Cam Newton mentioned in December that the league ought to outlaw the sort out, however not all gamers agree with the proposal.

The NFL Gamers Affiliation launched an announcement after the proposal was formally introduced.

The gamers oppose any try by the NFL to implement a rule prohibiting a “swivel hip-drop” sort out. Whereas the NHLPA stays dedicated to enhancements in our recreation with well being and security in thoughts, we can’t assist a rule change that causes confusion for us as gamers, for coaches, for officers and particularly, for followers. We name on the NFL, once more to rethink implementing this rule.

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Each present NFL huge receiver Dez Bryant and former defensive again Richard Sherman strongly reacted to the proposal. Bryant known as it “insane,” and Sherman believes gamers should decide on the sphere.

“Brother I’m perplexed,” Sherman wrote on X. “Guys going to must decide to both permit them to pull them to the primary down or give it by penalty. Ruining the sport.”

The annual league assembly with the homeowners can be held from March 24-27 in Orlando.

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