NFL keeping kickoffs for 2018 season

The NFL will be keeping kickoffs 鈥?for now.
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The league will still have kickoffs for the 2018 season, but will look into changing the alignment and formation, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent told reporters (via ESPN).

There’s no question that this is not about getting [the kickoff] out of the game, Vincent said. It’s about enhancing it.

The NFL has been looking to either adjust or eliminate kickoffs due to the dangers surrounding the play. According to NFL data, players are five times more likely to sustain a concussion during a kickoff compared to other plays.
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But if this is about safety, and if the kickoff truly is five times more likely to produce a concussion than a play from scrimmage, the decision should be simple.

With that reported concussion rate in mind, the evident consequences that come with one specific play outweigh its entertainment value and its implanted place in the sport.

Per a statement released by the players association:

The NFLPA has filed a non-injury grievance and a system arbitrator case on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. Prior to the start of the current NFL off-season, our Union directed the agents of free agent players who had participated in peaceful on-field demonstrations to collect, memorialize and report any relevant information about potential violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by teams.

According to our information, the NFLPA release says, a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration, which is contrary to the League policy.

The union goes on to allege that at least one team owner asked Reid preemployment interview questions about his intent to demonstrate.

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Reid, who has said he would not protest if he signs with another team, had his first known visit of the free-agency period with the Bengals, whose owner, Mike Brown, expressed concern over the player’s previous protests.

Reid is being represented by Colin Kaepernick’s attorney, according to ESPN.