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NFL approves safety-based changes

Updated: March 24, 2010, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- NFL players should be safer during games thanks to several rules changes passed at the league meetings.

They also might be playing longer in regular-season overtimes.

The NFL passed rules Wednesday to further protect defenseless players, including ball carriers who lose their helmet during a play. Seven of eight overall rules proposals were adopted, and several owners said they also expect the modified overtime rule for the playoffs that passed Tuesday to be revisited ...

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