Player safety rules passed by NFL owners

Updated: March 21, 2013, 1:15 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The NFL believes it made pro football safer, particularly for defensive players, with rule changes passed at the owners meetings.

Team owners on Wednesday barred ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. The previous day, they eliminated the peel-back block everywhere on the field.

"This meeting is primarily about evaluating our rules both from a safety standpoint and what we think we can do to improve ...

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