Sakamoto: NFL to ban leaping block attempts on field goals, extra points

The NFL owners are expected to pass a new rule banning players from leaping across the line of scrimmage in an attempt to block field goals and extra points, according to ESPN Adam Schefter. 

According to Schefter, the NFL views the play as too dangerous for the game, where players can seriously injure themselves. In an effort to promote player safety, I would have to agree. The proposal was ignited by the Philadelphia Eagles and backed by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). 

On a conference call last week, vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained the logic behind the rule.

“The issue, we’ve looked at a lot of tape on the jumper, is how it’s being defended at this point; whether it’s the snapper or the guard raising up and attempting to make contact with the jump, we’ve seen several examples where players have been flipped over, land on their head, their neck, and the potential for a serious injury certainly increases when you have a player in a vulnerable position who is now going to be knocked off balance and really can’t control the way they land. So I think that’s probably the biggest thing, and we have seen that on tape as to why the proposal will be voted on,” Blandino said.

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