National Football League relaxes TD celebration rules, approves 10-minute overtime

In my conversations with National Football League players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes.

Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following statement today about how the league will relax player celebration penalties with new guidelines.

At Tuesday's owners meetings in Chicago, the league also officially passed a rule change to reduce overtime periods from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

Team will now cut their roster from 90 players to 53 days before the regular season.

They'll be allowed to celebrate on the ground - in instances such as snow angels - and will also be able to celebrate in groups once again.

The rule change is aimed at helping to improve player safety. The new rule allows two players to be placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list. According to NFL Research, if overtime had ended after 10 minutes in all games over the past five years, there would have been 16 total ties.

The NFL's goal is to make celebration penalties more consistent without disrupting the flow of the game.

The owners have done way with the interim step of cutting down the roster to 75 men after the third preseason game. Last season the league adjusted the rule as well, not requiring the teams to identify the player designated to return in advance.

For the record, celebrations that are meant to taunt the other team, carry on for an excessive period of time, or cause a delay of game will still be penalized. They will not allow anything "prolonged", miming weapons, or "sexually suggestive stuff".

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