Owners Vote Down 40 Yard Line Kick Off Proposal

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Kickoffs will remain at the 35-yard line this season after owners voted down a proposal to move them to the 40.

Three years ago the league moved kickoffs from the 30 to the 35 as a player safety measure, arguing that the rule would create more touchbacks and therefore fewer high-speed collisions on tackles. When passing that rule, the NFL also added rules restricting how the kickoff team could line up, to create shorter running starts.

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