NEW YORK — The NFL will not consider eliminating the kickoff for the 2018 season, a top league official said Tuesday.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said the league instead hopes to formulate a set of rules proposals to make kickoffs safer. Those proposals could be considered by the owners when they meet later in May in Atlanta.

“Absolutely not,” Vincent said of the suggestion that the league will consider eliminating kickoffs for the upcoming season. “We’re looking to modify and adjust.”

Vincent spoke to a small group of reporters at the outset of two days of player-safety meetings at the NFL offices in Manhattan.

One possible rule change, Vincent said, would involve moving opposing players closer together at the start of the kickoff to reduce the speed at which collisions occur.

League leaders repeatedly have said they consider the kickoff the most dangerous play in the sport and they would consider eliminating it if they cannot make it safer for players.