NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell could respond more quickly and decisively to off-field disciplinary issues with a change in league rules proposed in response to legal messes players got into last season. Goodell will introduce the idea in a league meeting next week.
Other significant rule changes discussed in a conference call with league spokesman Greg AielloAiello included moving the overtime kickoff line forward five yards from the 30-yard-line and permanently instituting instant replay. Also, San Francisco 49er officials proposed treating non-flagrant defensive pass interference calls not as a spot foul but a 15-yard infraction. The competition committee is not expected to change that rule.