The NFL competition committee is considering a rule change that would eliminate the chop block next season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
According to the report, the league discussed the change over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine and will re-visit the issue during next month’s owners meeting.
As it stands, the chop block—a move in which an offensive player goes low to block a defender while another player blocks him above his waist—is already illegal in most forms. There are still exceptions, like when two linemen are lined up next to each other to start a running play.
According to ESPN, there were 17 chop-blocks whistled in 2015, up from 10 in 2014.
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