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NFL owners approve rule changes

NFL owners approved seven rule changes Tuesday at their meetings in Florida:

1) On extra point attempts, the ball will permanently by placed at the 15-yard line and the defense will be allowed to return any miss for a potential two points.

2) All chop blocks will be illegal.

3) The horse-collar rule will be expanded to include when a defender grabs a runner's jersey at the name plate or above and pulls him toward the ground.

4) A team that attempts to call a timeout when it has none remaining will be penalized five yards for delay of game.

5) When a receiver goes out of bounds and is first to touch a forward pass, he no longer will be penalized. Instead, it will just be a loss of down.

6) Multiple spots of enforcement for a double foul after a change of possession will be eliminated.

7) Coaches calling offensive and defensive plays can use the coach-to-player communication system regardless of whether they're on the field or coaches booth.

All seven rule changes were proposed by the competition committee. The owners may consider other rule changes on Wednesday.

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