Forte: NFL's proposed rule change is 'absurd'"The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I’ve ever heard of," Forte wrote on Sunday. Bears running back Matt Forte called the NFL's proposed rule change that would penalize ball carriers who lower their heads to deliver a blow "absurd" in a series of messages he posted on his official Twitter account Sunday morning. The proposed rule change reads as follows: "U can't change the instinctive nature of running the football," Forte added. Forte, a 2011 Pro Bowl selection, is the fourth leading rusher in Bears' history with 5,327 yards in just 75 games. We realize this is a major change for players and coaches." "It is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box .
Doubting the NFL will heed Matt FortePHOENIX -- For the first time, the NFL's ongoing efforts to emphasize player safety have targeted offensive players. Owners are set to vote on two rule proposals this week that restrict potentially dangerous acts by offensive linemen and running backs. …Source: ESPN.com
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