The NFL made modest changes to replay rules Tuesday, but did not institute major changes that some teams, including the Ravens, had proposed in recent months.
Owners voted for changes that slightly increased situations where plays can be reviewed, and when officials can turn to the league office for help during games.
Situations subject to replay review, which were not before, include:
- Penalty enforcement
- Proper down
- Spot of a foul
- Status of game clock
Plays not reviewable in the past, that can now be reviewed, include:
- Where a ball in the air crosses the sideline.
- Whether a player was blocked into a loose ball.
- Advancement by a player after either a valid, or invalid, fair catch signal.
- Whether player impetus forced a ball to travel into the end zone.
The Ravens made a proposal in March that would have made all plays reviewable except for offensive and defensive holding, offensive and defensive pass interference, illegal contact, illegal use of hands, and whether a quarterback, receiver, or kicker had been hit illegally. The Patriots had previously proposed that all plays be made reviewable, but that has also been resisted by the owners and the competition committee.
Each team will still be given two replay challenges per game, and will be awarded a third challenge only if the first two are successful.