Report: Competition committee has proposals to protect defenders

It will not do Brian Cushing a lot of good at this point.

But the NFL could be bringing changes to the rules that bans the type of peel-back block that ended Cushing’s season last year when he was hit by New York Jets guard Matt Slauson. No penalty was called on the play but Slauson was fined $10,000 by the NFL.

Jarrett Bell of USA Today reports that type of block inside the tackle box will be banned if a recommendation from the NFL’s competition committee is passed. The committee will also propose that cut blocks more than three yards outside the tackle box be eliminated from the game.

Cut blocks have long been the biggest complaint of defensive players, who point out that the NFL legislates against them for so much but does not protect them from hits that could take out knees and ankles.

"Most of the blocks (that will be banned if the proposals pass), you don't see much," a source told Bell. "They fall under the code of ethics."

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