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Mike Pereira: If the new rules dont reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

Mike Pereira: If the new rules dont reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone
Published On: Fri, Jun 15
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) celebrates with teammates after he forces a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The NFLa€™s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport.

Thata€™s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this yeara€™s rule changes dona€™t result in the desired reduction in kickoffs, the NFL will just abolish the play entirely.

a€œIf at the end of this year there are more concussions on kickoffs, forget it. Ita€™s gone,a€ Pereira said this morning onA PFT Live.

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