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Chiefs withdraw proposed Peyton Manning Rule

Justin Houston, Peyton Manning


Peyton Manning is no longer playing, so the Peyton Manning Rule is off the table.

Rich McKay, head of the NFL’s competition committee, said at the league meetings Tuesday that a rule proposal submitted by the Chiefs that would make it illegal for quarterbacks to fall to the ground, get up, and throw a forward pass has been withdrawn.

The proposed rule stemmed from a controversial play in January’s Broncos-Steelers divisional playoff game when Manning appeared to give himself up but no whistle was blown. He got up and completed a pass to Emmanuel Sanders for a 34-yard gain.

The proposed rule makes sense, but the circumstances under which a quarterback actually gives himself but still can later make a play may be so rare that it won’t be revisited.