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Thursday, April 03, 2008

NFL rejects “Hester Rule”

Well good, because that would’ve been stupid:

The NFL has no interest in doing Devin Hester any favors, so there will be no "Devin Hester rule" passed any time soon according to the Chicago Tribune.

In recent weeks, the league considered legislating against punting out of bounds-which teams did frequently when opposing Hester last season.

A survey was sent to head coaches and general managers to get their reaction to such a rule, but the response was overwhelmingly against changing what often is a strategic move to trap an opponent inside his own 20-yard line rather than kicking into the end zone for a touchback. The NFL's competition committee also had a discussion about enacting a new rule, but it didn't go very far.