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Owners approve changes to kickoff, use of helmet

By NFL.COM, 05/22/18, 7:15PM CDT


NFL owners voted Tuesday to adopt a revamped kickoff play for the 2018 season.

The changes will make kickoffs more like punts and limit full-speed collisions. The adjustments were made in conjunction with special teams coaches and members of the league's Competition Committee during a player safety summit at the league's headquarters in New York earlier this month.

On Tuesday, owners also approved the ejection standards to go along with the "use of the helmet" rule. Per the new rule: it is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.