What the NFL’s latest rule changes mean for teams with the most and least coverage
With a new rule to protect players against the most common injuries, the NFL and the players union are moving into uncharted territory.
The rules announced Tuesday allow for more extensive coverage for players and teams.
They also change the way a team is evaluated.
Players can now receive multiple concussions in a game, and the NFL will have to decide whether the team with the fewest total concussions wins the Super Bowl.
The league has to then consider whether to fine the team for a violation of the rules, which can result in fines of up to $250,000 per game.
The new rules will increase the number of concussions and reduce the likelihood of concussive effects.
There will also be a new set of rules for how the league will evaluate teams that are suspended.
A number of teams have been suspended for multiple violations of the rule, and some teams have already lost games for violating the rule.
The NFLPA, meanwhile, is looking at how to respond to the new rules and will have discussions about how to proceed if players are disciplined for violating them.
Players and the union were split over the rules in the past.
In 2015, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the rules are necessary to protect the integrity of the game and the health of players.
That statement was a bit of a surprise to some players and coaches who said it would put the league at a disadvantage.
The new rules are expected to affect the next few years, as teams try to make a case that they have been doing the right thing in dealing with the issue of concussed players.