Owners vote to ban roll up blocks from side

The NFL's owners voted to ban blocks to the side of a defender's knee, with the rule going into effect for this upcoming season.

Blocks have already been deemed illegal to the backs of defenders' knees. The text for the new rule will now include the change made Tuesday.

NFL public relations representative Brian McCarthy tweeted out a photo including the text from the new rule.

"If an offensive player's block (legal or illegal) is followed by the blocker rolling up on the back or side of the leg(s) of a defender, it is unnecessary roughness, including in close-line play."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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