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Protecting receivers is a priority

Proposed rule change would cut down on big hits on wideouts going over the middle

Originally Published: March 18, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

In its continuing efforts to make pro football safer, the NFL's competition committee is proposing rule changes to lessen the blows on wide receivers.

At next week's owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., the committee wants to further cut down on the big hits on receivers who go over the middle to catch the ball. Under the change, receivers would be given more of a chance to defend themselves after completing a reception.

"The difference would be that currently ...

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