NFL owners will consider proposals next week to use the sport’s current postseason overtime format during the regular season and to have all turnovers automatically reviewed by instant replay.
The owners of the 32 NFL teams meet next Monday through Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are proposing that the two-year-old overtime system for postseason games also be used during the regular season, Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, chairman of the league’s competition committee, said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
The postseason overtime format eliminates the possibility of a team winning a game with a field goal on the opening possession of overtime. In regular season games, the first team to score in overtime prevails.
Proposed rule changes must be approved by at least 24 of the 32 teams to be enacted.
McKay said the competition committee also will propose to owners that all plays with turnovers be automatically reviewed by instant replay, without a team having to use one of its allotted replay challenges.
The NFL previously made all scoring plays subject to such an automatic replay review.
In another possible replay-related adjustment, the Buffalo Bills are proposing that all replay decisions be made by the replay official in the booth, not the referee on the field after watching the play on a monitor on the sideline.
The Steelers are proposing that a horse-collar tackle on a quarterback in the pocket result in a penalty. Currently, such a play is an exception to the rule prohibiting horse-collar tackles.
Other possible changes, McKay said, include pushing back the annual trade deadline by two weeks, to after the eighth week of the season instead after the sixth week; allowing a player to return from the injured reserve list in some cases to play again in that season; increasing the offseason and training camp roster limit to 90 players per team; and allowing a team to add a player to the roster if it declares a player who has suffered a concussion inactive by the Friday before a game.