FILE - This June 25, 2015 file photo shows Dean Blandino, vice president of officiating for the NFL, presenting the new technology that the NFL uses in the prevention and diagnosis of injuries, during a league news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chop block has been entirely outlawed from NFL games, and extra-point kicks snapped from the 15-yard line are now permanent. NFL owners voted Tuesday, March 22, 2016 to approve both those proposals by the competition committee. They also passed a resolution to expand what is a horse-collar tackle to cover the nameplate on the back of jerseys. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) NFL owners have approved as a one-year trial ejecting a player who draws two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties from specific categories.
Those categories include throwing a punch at or kicking an opponent; taunting; and using abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures.
Also approved Wednesday as a one-year trial was placing the ball at the 25-yard line after touchbacks on kickoffs instead of the 20. The league is seeking ways to reduce injuries on kickoff returns, which it says statistically are the most dangerous plays in the game.
Expanding video replay in officiating, suggested by Baltimore, has been tabled.
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