NFL Approves New Rule for Hip-Drop Tackles: A 15-Yard Penalty and Fines for Players

NFL owners approve proposal to penalize hip-drop tackles

In a vote of team owners on Monday, the NFL approved a penalty for hip-drop tackles during games. The measure received strong support among teams at the league meetings. This new rule change will result in a 15-yard penalty for hip-drop tackles and players could also face fines from the league. The NFL stated that hip-drop tackles lead to significantly more injuries compared to other types of tackles, with a rate of 20-25 times higher. However, the NFL Players Association opposed the proposal, labeling it as a rule change that would cause confusion for players, coaches, and others involved in the sport. With the decision made, everyone will now have to adjust to the enforcement of the rule during the upcoming 2024 season.

In a vote of team owners on Monday, the NFL approved a penalty for hip-drop tackles during games. The measure received strong support among teams at the league meetings. This new rule change will result in a 15-yard penalty for hip-drop tackles and players could also face fines from the league. The NFL stated that…

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