June 15, 2024

New NFL Rule: 15-Yard Penalty for Hip-Drop Tackles Sparks Controversy among Teams and Players

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NFL owners approve proposal to penalize hip-drop tackles

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

However, the NFL Players Association opposed the proposal, stating that it would cause confusion for players, coaches, and others involved in the sport. Despite their opposition, with the decision made, everyone will now have to adjust to the enforcement of the rule during the upcoming 2024 season.

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. This new rule change aims to make games safer and reduce the risk of injury for players. However, it may also impact gameplay and strategy as players will need to adjust their tactics to avoid receiving or giving out these types of hits.

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