New Hip-Drop Tackle Rule to Cause Confusion in the NFL: League Owners Approve Measure Despite Players’ Opposition

NFL owners approve proposal to penalize hip-drop tackles

The NFL Players Association opposed the proposed penalty for hip-drop tackles on Monday, labeling it as a rule change that would cause confusion for players, coaches, and others involved in the sport. Despite their opposition, the league’s team owners approved the measure in a vote announced on Monday. The new rule change will result in a 15-yard penalty for hip-drop tackles during games and players could also face fines from the league. 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. With this decision made, everyone will now have to adjust to the enforcement of the rule during the upcoming 2024 season.

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