NFL Implements New Hip-Drop Tackle Penalty to Reduce Injuries; Union Opposes Rule Change

NFL owners approve proposal to penalize hip-drop tackles

On Monday, the NFL announced that hip-drop tackles will now be subject to a 15-yard penalty during games. This measure was approved by team owners in a league meeting, as they expressed strong support for the proposed penalty. The new rule change aims to reduce the number of injuries caused by hip-drop tackles, which have been shown to occur at a significantly higher rate compared to other types of tackles.

While the decision received approval from team owners, it was met with opposition from the NFL Players Association. The union stated that the rule change would cause confusion for players, coaches, and others involved in the sport. Despite their concerns, however, the decision has been made and everyone must now adjust to its enforcement during the upcoming 2024 season.

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