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The NFL Might Eliminate This Play From Its Games, "It's That Serious"

Roger Goodell talking at a podium at the Super Bowl.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at the Super Bowl Winner and MVP press conference on February 6, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The NFL is considering eliminating an entire play from its game, according to members of the league's competition committee.

The kickoff has long been considered one of - if not the - most dangerous plays in the game. The league has taken some measures to make it safer.

However, many in the league feel it's still not as safe as it should be. More changes are wanted.

If those changes do not come, the play could be eliminated altogether. It's serious.

"If you don't make changes to make it safer, we're going to do away with it. It's that serious," he said.


Injury rates on NFL kickoffs remain so high that the league's competition committee will give a mandate: Make the play safer, or it will recommend its elimination in the near future.

At this week's owners meeting, the league's medical department presented statistics showing that concussions are five times as likely to happen on kickoffs than on an average play, according to Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy -- who is a member of the competition committee. That rate has remained steady even after a rule change, made permanent at this meeting, to put the touchback at the 25-yard line.

It certainly sounds like a serious issue that is going to be worth monitoring going forward.