NFL Approves 15-Yard Penalty for Hip-Drop Tackles: Controversial Rule Change Ahead

NFL owners approve proposal to penalize hip-drop tackles

The NFL’s league meetings on Monday saw strong support for the proposed penalty for hip-drop tackles among teams. The measure was approved in a vote by team owners, announced by the league on Monday. As a result of this rule change, players will now face a 15-yard penalty for hip-drop tackles during games, and fines from the league may also be imposed.

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

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