Every season, the NFL looks for ways to improve player safety and make the game safer in hopes of fewer injuries. The league plans to continue that trend and is considering eliminating hip-drop tackles, according to CMO Allen Sills.
This is the kind of scrimmage that got Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard injured and Kansas City Chiefs running back Patrick Mahomes injured in the playoffs. Next season these types of attacks could be illegal and could count as penalties.
The NFL’s chief medical officer said via the Washington Post that the offseason will be very active in terms of considering eliminating the tackle.
“I think it will be very active conversation in the off-season, look at the mechanism. Obviously, the ‘hip-drop’ technique is not the only cause of high ankle sprains. There are certainly other factors. We have noted the type of struggle you mentioned. And I think that has to be a very active point of discussion, again, with the competition committee and others this season.”
Defenders in the league are not exactly happy with this news, and many of them are protesting on Twitter.
The NFL has seen an increase in concussions during the 2022-23 season
As the NFL looks for ways to become safer, it has seen an increase in concussions during the 2022-23 season. compared to the season before.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the league acknowledged Friday that it saw an increase in head injuries last season.
A total of 149 concussions have been recorded in over 271 games this season, compared to 126 last season. Sills talked about head injuries and said one of the reasons they’ve seen an increase in them has been the new protocol that has “broadened and strengthened” the definition of concussion.
While the NFL aims to be safer every year, it will always be evaluating new rules procedures that might make sense for the future of the game, such as considering eliminating the side tackle.
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