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NFL owners will look at proposed rules changes

Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys argues

Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys argues with side judge Allen Baynes #56 after a penalty was called against Anthony Hitchens #59 of the Dallas Cowboys when he collided with Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions on a pass play during the second half of their NFC wild-card playoff game at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Sarah Glenn

NFL owners will consider several proposed rules changes when they gather in Arizona next week, including a revised replay system that includes all penalties, and a chance to create a nine-point play.

The Lions, who were furious about a no-call on a key play late in their 24-20 playoff loss to the Cowboys, have proposed subjecting all penalties to replay review.

Matthew Stafford's pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew fell incomplete after it appeared Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens interfered with him. It initially was ruled pass interference, but referee Pete Morelli picked up the flag and announced there was no call. The NFL later admitted that a holding penalty should have been called on Hitchens before the ball got to Pettigrew.

Jeff Fisher and others on the competition committee have said they do not favor including penalties in the replay challenge system. Fisher said looking "frame by frame'' at penalties would subject officials to unnecessary scrutiny and prevent them from doing their jobs properly.

The Patriots have submitted a proposal for the second straight year that would make any play subject to replay review.

The Colts submitted an intriguing proposal to allow a point-after kick from 50 yards if a team converts a two-point attempt after a touchdown. That could create a nine-point play.

There is no formal proposal for increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14, although chairman Rich McKay said the competition committee has voiced support for a measure. Owners tabled the idea last year.

Other proposals that will be discussed:

The Patriots suggested having fixed cameras on the sidelines, end lines and goal lines to supplement cameras provided by television networks.

The Patriots also proposed a rule to push PAT tries from the 2-yard line to the 15 to make them more challenging. The Patriots submitted the proposal last year but it was not approved. The NFL may experiment again this preseason by moving back PAT tries as it did last year and in the Pro Bowl.

Another proposal would let coaches call timeout instead of throwing a challenge flag to signal they want a play reviewed. If the review overturns the play, the team would get its timeout back.

The Bears presented a tweak to the overtime system, guaranteeing each team at least one possession. Under the current format, a game ends if a touchdown, safety or defensive TD occurs during the first possession.

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