NFL Reportedly Won't Allow Dunking over Goalposts in Relaxed Celebration Rules

Ross Houston
June 6, 2017

As it turns out, the league is reversing some of the harsh restrictions on celebrations, allowing props, group acts and snow angels.

Goodell said he spoke to more than 80 current and former players in deciding how to change the celebration rules, CBS News reported.

Another rule change that will bring some back to the National Football League is that players can now celebrate more freely. FILE - In this December 4, 2016, file photo, Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb makes a snow angel after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Green Bay, Wis.

That also means no fantastic celebrations like that of the great Hingle McCringleberry.

But the league isn't getting carried away either - it will still penalize any celebration deemed offensive or in bad taste, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons. In the preseason and regular season, overtime will now be 10 minutes instead of 15. Where once there were two deadlines for cuts, one after preseason Week 3 from 90 men to 75, and another to 53 after the final game, there will now only be one.

The NFL is putting the fun back in football.

A year ago, the league experienced two tie games.

The rule change essentially gives 480 players (15 per team) the chance to remain on the roster for the final preseason game, giving them one more opportunity to make a good impression.

"We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown", Goodell said in a statement.

Other rule changes include the 75-man roster cuts, overtime and the Injured Reserve.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, pictured on SiriusXM NFL Radio during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, announced rules changes for player celebrations.

Also a new rule that will take effect this year is the elimination of the first round of roster cuts. After years of attempting to turn their charismatic players into robotic drones, the league has made a decision to soften its stance on one of the more entertaining non-football aspects of the game.

The NFL is making a series of small-but-important rule changes for the upcoming 2017 season, and one of those involves overtime.

Team owners also banned players from leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks, and approved automatic ejections for egregious hits to the head.

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