Instead of cutting from 90 to 75 players, there will only be one deadline to cut to 53-man rosters after the final preseason game.
The NFL also would have had to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons.
But for games like the Seattle Seahawks' and Arizona Cardinals' 3-3 tie last season, that one would be put out of its misery five minutes earlier.
Several changes considered by the NFL two months ago at the league's annual meeting have been approved at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago. According to ESPN, the 2016 season had the highest number of penalties of the past five seasons with 29 called.
The league will still penalize players for demonstrations that prolong or delay the game, offensive celebrations, and ones directed at an opponent. "Particularly for teams that may be into an overtime situation, and a lengthy overtime situation, and have to come back and play on a Thursday night".
In 2016, National Football League officials called 30 penalties on celebrations - more than in the previous two seasons combined and six times as many as there were just four seasons ago.
Here are the specific rule changes: the ball will no longer be considered a prop (seriously, about time).
The new rule also pleased defensive lineman Chris Jones, who has a few celebration plans of his own.
"Players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves", Goodell wrote.
May 23, 2017Prolonged acts, miming weapons, offensive gestures, sexually suggestive stuff still expected to be banned.
Turns out, big celebrations aren't really the former Patriots' style. In years past, teams had three rounds of roster cuts to get to the league mandated 53 man roster. For those wondering, this essentially guarantees Vikings wide receiver Moritz Böhringer the chance to play in four preseason games if he is still on the roster at the start training camp. The NFL previously only allowed one player to return from injured reserve during the season.