New NFL Rule: Hip-Drop Tackles Get 15-Yard Penalty and Potential Fines

NFL owners approve proposal to penalize hip-drop tackles

In Monday’s league meetings, hip-drop tackles received a strong endorsement for the proposed penalty among teams. The measure passed in a vote of team owners, announced by the NFL on Monday. As a result, players will now face a 15-yard penalty and potential fines from the league for this type of tackle during games.

The NFL stated that hip-drop tackles lead to significantly more injuries compared to other types of tackles, with an injury rate of 20-25 times higher. Despite this, the NFL Players Association opposed the proposal, stating that it would cause confusion for players, coaches and others involved in the sport. However, with the decision made, everyone will now have to adjust to the enforcement of this rule during the upcoming 2024 season.

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