NFL prohibits hip-drop tackle despite NFLPA’s protests
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NFL Bans ‘Swivel’ Hip-Drop Tackle Following Vote at Owners’ Meetings

The NFL has banned the hip-drop tackle following a vote at the spring owner’s meetings in Orlando, Florida. A source confirmed the news to Yahoo Sports shortly before the announcement. There has been growing momentum to ban this tackle, with league competition committee executive vice president Jeff Miller stating that it results in about a 25 times higher rate of injury compared to a typical tackle.

The ban is specifically for the “swivel” version of the hip-drop tackle, not all versions, which may be difficult for officials to consistently enforce. Prominent incidents like Patrick Mahomes’ injury against the Jaguars and the tackle that injured Mark Andrews have prompted discussions around this move. The NFL plans to train officials to enforce the new rule by looking for three specific elements, including grabbing the opponent, swiveling them, and unweighting them.

The NFLPA released a statement ahead of the owners meetings opposing the proposal of banning the hip-drop tackle, citing concerns about confusion for players, coaches, officials, and fans. Players like Dolphins safety Jevon Holland and Vikings safety Josh Metellus were among the first to publicly weigh in on the rule change, with others like J.J. Watt and Kenyan Drake joining later.

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