NFL owners passed two rules aimed at improving player safety, today.
The Associated Press reports:
"The owners outlawed peel-back blocks anywhere on the field; previously, they were illegal only inside the tackle box. A player makes a peel-back block when he is moving toward his goal line, approaches an opponent from behind or the side and makes contact below the waist.
"The penalty will be 15 yards.
"Also banned is overloading a formation while attempting to block a field goal or extra point. Defensive teams can now have only six or fewer players on each side of the snapper at the line of scrimmage. Players not on the line can't push teammates on the line into blockers, either.
"The alignment violation is a 5-yard penalty. The pushing penalty is 15 yards for unnecessary roughness."