NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces changes to celebrations policy

The NFL announced on Tuesday that its players will have more freedom of expression in 2017 as it will ease up on their previous rules regarding celebrations. Goodell said he spoke to more than 80 current and former players in deciding how to change the celebration rules, CBS News reported. Players will now be able to use the ball as a prop, do group celebrations, go to the ground and even make snow angels. If celebrations are deemed a violation by on-field officials, players could still be penalized under existing unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting violations, as well as fined.

"In my conversations with National Football League players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition and setting good examples for young athletes", Goodell wrote.

Roger Goodell went on to say that the league is still trying to improve and certain types of celebrations, those that delay the game or are directed towards an opponent will still be fined.

The process of National Football League teams cutting their rosters down to 53 players for the start of the regular season has also been changed. There have been concerns about the number of additional plays team undergo playing a full 15-minute overtime, especially when one of the teams is playing their next game on a short week. However, with Lynch now back in the league, and the rules being relaxed, why can't we see this done during a Raiders-Broncos game?

The Associated Press also reported that there's no longer a set time limit on the duration of the celebrations. The NFL originally came down on celebrations for reasons of sportsmanship and safety - that is, avoiding confrontations between players.

First, overtime periods will be reduced from 15 minutes to 10.

For the record, celebrations that are meant to taunt the other team, carry on for an excessive period of time, or cause a delay of game will still be penalized.

The NFL will now allow two players per season to return from injured reserve instead of one, but both players are still required to sit out six weeks before returning to practice and eight weeks before returning to games once placed on injured reserve.

League owners approved a measure that will allow teams to bring two players back from injured reserve during the season.

LA will now host the Super Bowl in 2022. For those wondering, this essentially guarantees Vikings wide receiver Moritz Böhringer the chance to play in four preseason games if he is still on the roster at the start training camp.

  • Julie Sanders