National Football League to discontinue 75-man roster cutdown among other changes

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The NFL is taking a step away from its image as the No Fun League with commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly set to implement new rules to reduce penalties for on-field player celebrations.

The owners also approved a proposal enabling each team to activate two players from the injured reserve list per season rather than one.

The NFL reportedly won't allow players to dunk over the crossbar after scoring touchdowns despite passing rules to relax celebration penalties, according to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert. The fact the league is keeping overtime periods in the postseason at 15 minutes doesn't really matter, considering the postseason calls for games to reach a 2nd overtime and beyond until one team wins and one team loses.

Asked whether he celebrated the new guidelines approved at Tuesday's spring meetings, Goodell just laughed. Only 22 of the 83 overtime games played over the past five years went beyond 10 minutes (average time is 7 minutes, 43 seconds).

Overtime isn't the only change coming. It will reduce the number of plays in overtime, following a season in which more games than usual exceeded 70 total minutes.

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At their regularly scheduled spring meeting Tuesday, the owners also made a decision to shift the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa from Los Angeles, where construction delays have pushed back the expected opening of the new home for the Rams and Chargers.

That means miming of weapons, sexually suggestive gestures, and other offensive or prolonging celebrations will still be flagged. "And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements", Goodell wrote.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Since 2012, teams have been permitted to return one player placed on IR to the 53-man roster as early as eight weeks after he was placed there. The move allows teams to have two players return for late-season games and the playoffs, which only gives teams more flexibility and the chance to have their best players on the field at the most crucial part of the season.

Also a new rule that will take effect this year is the elimination of the first round of roster cuts.

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