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The NFL could tweak a rule governing the definition of catches, according to a report from Mark Maske of The Washington Post.

By SI Wire
March 12, 2015

The NFL could tweak a rule governing the definition of catches, according to a report from Mark Maske of The Washington Post.

The "Calvin Johnson" rule holds that players who fall to the ground while catching a pass must maintain control of the ball "throughout the process of contacting the ground."

According to Maske, the language of the rule, which was named after a 2010 play involving the Detroit Lions receiver, could be revised.

An overturned catch by Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers reignited debate over whether the rule should be altered.

A person familiar with the league competition committee's discussions told the Post that "There will not be a rule change proposed for catch/no catch, just possibly a tweak of the language."

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