Damien Williams might want to avoid news coming out of the NFL’s annual meetings next week in Arizona.
NFL Vice President Troy Vincent, a former Dolphin, said the league doesn’t plan to relax rules regarding celebrations during games.
Williams, who was fined $12,154 last season for one such celebration, said he wished the NFL would “chill” a bit when it comes to letting players and fans celebrate big plays.
“You’re not going to see any rule changes,” Vincent said on a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon.
What will happen next week is for the league to further explain what is and isn’t kosher when it comes to expressing oneself.
“We want to bring clarity to all,” Vincent said.
As is always the case at these meetings, the league intends to discuss and vote on several proposals, including a series of measures pushed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to cut the amount of dead time during games, which became the focal point of fans’ wrath last season.
Goodell also wants to push networks to cut down on commercialization during telecasts, which include networks trumpeting their other shows during games.
Among other points of interest for next week:
• The defenseless player rules could be expanded to protect receivers running routes even inside the 5-yard “chuck” zone.
• There is a proposal to limit OT to 10 minutes (from 15) for player safety. Curiously, Competition Committee chair Rich McKay said the group doesn’t believe it will lead to an increase in ties.
• Buffalo and Seattle made a joint proposal that would increase the number of replay challenges and another proposal to allow coaches to challenge fouls called and fouls not called. (Odds of passage: not great.)
• The Dolphins were not among the teams making any proposals.
• Vincent said “there hasn’t been any talk” of eliminating Thursday Night Football. McKay said stats do not back up the notion that injuries increase on Thursday nights.
• The touchback rule, giving teams possession on their 25-yard line, was used as an experiment in 2016. The recommendation is to keep it for 2017 as well. Only 39.3 percent of kickoffs were returned last season.
• A rule to further curtail leaping on extra points is proposed for player safety.
• Replay challenges may be reviewed by both an official using a tablet on the field and NFL HQ in New York, which makes the ultimate call with input from the ref.
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