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Interesting note from Maske...

Fumbles May Get a Different Look

By Mark Maske

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, February 24, 2006; 12:30 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL's competition committee again is considering changing the instant-replay rules to try to ensure that plays involving fumbles are called correctly.

Committee members have had a series of meetings here this week and, according to one member, have talked about the possibility of proposing a rule change that would affect plays in which game officials incorrectly rule that a ballcarrier was down by contact before losing the ball on a fumble. Under the current rules, the defensive team cannot be awarded possession on such a play even if it recovers the ball and an instant-replay review shows that a fumble indeed occurred before the ballcarrier was down by contact.

The proposal would allow the referee to award possession to the defensive club after a replay review on such a play. The competition committee made such a proposal last year but the measure fell four votes shy of gaining the 24 votes among the 32 teams necessary for approval.

I think that would be a good rule change...

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