NFL Relaxes Celebration Rules; Some Celebrations Still Penalized

Other rule changes include decreasing regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10, allowing two players to come off of injured reserve instead of one, banning jumping over the line to block kicks, and the elimination of one of the preseason roster cuts.

For the past several years, teams would have to trim their rosters from 90 players to 75 players after the third preseason game. No longer will a team and it's players be fined for celebrating together and the relaxation of these rules should bring more entertainment to a game that is supposed to be entertaining. The rule should improve player safety.

"We know we have more work to do".

As we posted earlier on, the league is relaxing the rules on celebrations "to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays".

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell is also expected to inform owners that celebrations after touchdowns - including group celebrations, using the ball as a prop, going to the ground and creating snow angels - are now allowed, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero.

For all the maneuvering, end zone celebration talk generated the most buzz. Following a touchdown, using the football as a prop will be permitted as well as celebrating on the ground and group demonstrations.

The Associated Press also reported that there's no longer a set time limit on the duration of the celebrations.

Owners today will also vote on allowing teams to designate two players to come back from the IR.

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.

Coaches were concerned that too many players were exhausted and risked injuries at the end of the extra period.

The NFL officially shortened overtime in the preseason and regular season from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, which is likely to result in more tie games this upcoming season.

The new rule also pleased defensive lineman Chris Jones, who has a few celebration plans of his own.

Asked whether he celebrated the new guidelines approved at Tuesday's spring meetings, Goodell laughed.

While NFL players are surely excited about the league's new flexibility on celebrations, not all rules have changed.

Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992.

  • Julie Sanders