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Bears running back Matt Forte rips 'absurd' proposed rule change

A proposed NFL rule change that would penalize ball carriers for lowering their helmets into tacklers has drawn the ire of Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.

Forte wrote on Twitter that the rule -- which has already been ridiculed by Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, the league's all-time leading rusher, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio -- "might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I've ever heard of."

The former Pro Bowler echoed Smith and Rubio's criticisms, writing that the rule would eliminate a running back's primary power move and that a runner cannot lower his shoulders without also lowering his head.

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The change was proposed by the NFL Competition Committee, which consists of eight members chosen from the league's head coaches and managers. It is co-chaired by Falcons president Rich McKay and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.

After meeting for 12 days in March, the committee is considering six rule changes in all, including the elimination of the tuck rule.

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