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Among NFL rules changes this season, trainers can call timeouts

NFL training camps include a review of new rules, and the Chiefs have taken note.

The extra point from the 15-yard line with the ability of the defense to return a turnover for two points will be the most noticeable rule change this year.

But there are several others. Here’s a rundown:

▪ A certified athletic trainer at each stadium can communicate with the side judge and call a medical timeout if a player appears to be disoriented. Neither team would be charged for a timeout and teams can replace the affected player only during this stoppage. The opposition also would be able to substitute a player to match up.

▪ On peel-back blocks, all offensive players can be penalized, opposed to just those inside the tackle box.

▪ Receiver protection extends to interceptions when the intended receiver remains unable to protect himself from a hit.

▪ On chop blocks, it’s now illegal for a back to chop a defensive player engaged above the waist by another offensive player outside the tight end area.

▪ It’s now illegal to push a teammate at the line of scrimmage rushing on punts and field goals.

▪ There is now the ability to review the game clock at the end of a half, game or overtime to determine if there should be time remaining.

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor recaps the team’s training camp practice on Tuesday at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

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