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Report: NFL owners table fourth-and-15 rule alternative

The rules will not be changing to allow the Chiefs a fourth-and-15 to retain the ball twice a game.

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NFL owners have tabled the fourth-and-15 onside kick alternative via their virtual meeting, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The rule would have allowed the Kansas City Chiefs — and 31 other NFL teams — a chance to maintain possession by going for it on fourth-and-15 from their 25-yard line.

Pelissero also noted a few rules that did pass.

Teams can now bring back three players (rather than two) from the injured reserve list to the active roster. Players designated to return must spend a minimum of eight weeks on the inactive list.

NFL owners also made the expansion of automatic replay on scoring plays and turnovers permanent, expanded more protection for defensive players on kickoffs and prevented game clock manipulation with multiple dead-ball fouls — as we saw both the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans do last season.

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