NFL Makes Two Major Rules Changes. Could Change the Way the Game is Played

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According to an ESPN report, the NFL has approved two new rule changes:

NFL owners wrapped up their annual meetings Wednesday morning by approving two rule changes that had drawn heavy protests from coaches.

For the 2016 season only, players will be subject to automatic ejection if they commit two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the same game. The league has also moved the ball spot on touchbacks after kickoffs to the 25-yard line, a change designed to limit the number of returns after injuries rose on the play in 2015.

Some front offices were concerned that opposing teams could use the strategy of harassing a player with one unsportsmanlike penalty in the hopes of getting the player to commit a second.

Obviously, the change in touchback rules will result in even fewer returned kicks and could result in slightly higher scoring totals across the league.