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NFL close to changing rules on extra points

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks an

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks an extra point against the Jets after the Bears scored a touchdown in the first quarter of a game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Bill Kostroun

PHOENIX - The NFL is poised to revamp its rules on the extra points after touchdowns following years of conversation and 30-40 minutes of "interesting and lively" discussion on ways to change it at this week's annual meeting.

Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said he expects to have a proposal for a new rule ready for the owners to vote on at their next meeting in May.

"It's time to make this play a football play," McKay said.

There was no vote on the proposal by the Patriots to move the line of scrimmage for a one-point kick attempt to the 15 and keep it at the 2 for a two-point conversion try. In fact, that may not be what the committee decides to propose. Other ideas include narrowing the goalposts (which McKay said would likely impact field goals more radically than extra points) and allowing teams to run a two-point play from the 1 rather than the 2, incentivizing the more traditional play. McKay also said the NFL likely will allow defenses to score on blocked kicks or turnovers on those attempts.

The ideas, McKay said, were "all over the place" during that discussion period he called "interesting and lively." The committee will take all of them into consideration and in the next 30 days come up with a recommended proposal.

Other proposals were either voted down or tabled included giving each team a chance to possess the ball in overtime (rejected), eliminating personal workouts for draft-eligible players who participate in the combine (rejected), and having teams cut their preseason rosters from 90 to 53 players in one day rather than having a cut-down to 75 players (tabled).


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