Officials at NFL Office Can Now Eject Players During a Game

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Officials at the NFL office will now have the ability to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for that act is called on the field, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.

The rule to allow in-game ejections from the league’s officiating office was designed to address egregious hits last season by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans in separate incidents.

Both were penalized 15 yards, but referees declined to eject them. Referees will retain the authority to eject players as necessary.

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Johnny Manziel Doesn’t Want His Comeback Compared to That of Colin Kaepernick

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Former Texas A&M and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel badly wants another chance in the NFL but he is “tired” of people comparing his comeback attempt to Colin Kaepernick according to Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report.

Manziel posted a message on Twitter with his thoughts on the subject: “This will probably cause an uproar, but I’m tired of the @Kaepernick7 vs myself comparisons and anger. Kap is doing amazing things right now changing lives and donating millions of dollars. His impact off the field from a societal standpoint is legendary and straight admirable.” The 25-year-old 2014 first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns also tweeted it’s clear Kaepernick is not signed because of “non-football” reasons, saying “The guy took a team to the Super Bowl and continuously wreaked havoc on the NFC West and the league. Standing up for people who often don’t get heard and for a race that continually deals with problem after problem in this country for CENTURIES,” Manziel added. “This world we live in is absolutely crazy and I believe what he’s doing has an amazing impact.”

Maybe Johnny Football really has grown up. At least he is grown-up enough to understand that his own banishment from the NFL was due to off-the-field issues coupled with poor play. Manziel took part in the University of San Diego pro day on Thursday and plans to take part in the NFL Spring League, hoping to get an invite to an NFL camp.

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NFL Pass Interference Rules Expected to Stay As Is

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The NFL’s Competition Committee is hitting the breaks on momentum to change defensive pass interference to a 15-yard penalty, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported Thursday the committee is not in favor of changing the spot foul to a standard 15-yard violation and is not expected to recommend approval to owners at next week’s Annual League Meeting.

Battista’s report comes after league executive vice president Troy Vincent told ESPN there was some “momentum” in discussing the rule change.

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