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NFL decides to stop these players from leaping over the line, for safety's sake

NFL decides to stop these players from leaping over the line, for safety's sake

No more over the top. No more under the hood.

The NFL adopted several rules changes Tuesday, among them one that outlaws defensive players’ leaping over the offensive line to block a kick, and another that replaces the sideline replay monitor with digital tablets.

Starting this season, the final say on replay decisions will be made at the league’s New York headquarters by Dean Blandino, head of officiating, and his top lieutenant, Al Riveron.

“The referee will still be involved, the referee will still give input, but will no longer have the final say,” Blandino said.

The rule regarding leaping over the line to block a kick —...

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