NFL Rule Changes: Now Only One Preseason Cutdown Day

Taylor Byrd
May 25, 2017

This means that teams, if they want to, could carry their entire 90-man roster into their final preseason game.

The biggest rule adaptation for 2017 is shortening overtime from 15 minutes to just 10 minutes. From a player standpoint, this makes sense.

Replays will also be centralized under the rule changes, with the league's officiating command center in NY now being granted final say over replay reviews, similar to how Major League Baseball handles reviews.

NFL team owners approved shortening overtime - in the preseason and regular season - from 15 to 10 minutes, the league announced on Tuesday.

Additionally, the National Football League will allow two players to come off the injured reserve list during the season, according to Breer.

The roster cutdown from 90 players to 75 players during the preseason has been eliminated, meaning that there will now just be one cutdown, from 90 players to 53 players following the fourth preseason game. In short, teams will now trim their active 90-man rosters down to 53 players after their final preseason game. According to reports, players will no longer get flagged for group celebrations, they can use the ball as a prop and can "go to the ground", whatever that means.

As Rapoport noted, this change has always been championed by the Washington Redskins; a sensible, win-win situation at a time when practice opportunities are already so precious. They still need to be quick, though, as the 40-second game clock will now start running immediately after the score.

While organized team activities are kicking off in Berea, the NFL Spring League Meeting (May 22-24) has been taking place on a national level in Chicago, Illinois. I don't see it affecting a whole lot, to be honest.

Any player who spends at least six weeks on IR is eligible to return to practice.

"We are excited to bring Pro Bowl Week back to our community", Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan said.

We're smack dab in the middle of the post-draft, pre-camp lull in the NFL, but the league owners gave us something to read about today by making a few noteworthy rule changes.

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