NFL owners approve six rule changes for 2013 season

NFL owners eliminate ‘Tuck Rule’, approve all proposed rules changes

NFL owners approved all six of the rule changes proposed by the Competition Committee, votes that eliminated the “Tuck Rule” and the implementation of a rule making it illegal for ball-carriers and tacklers to lead with the crown of their helmets when both players are outside of the tackle box.

Other changes include a ban on peel-back blocks within the tackle box,  an elimination of the replay rule that cost the Lions on Thanksgiving last year, and a way to make FG and XP tries safer.

Also, tight ends and H-backs may now wear uniforms numbered 40-49, although it's unclear whether there's an exception for the number 15.

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