Breaking: NFL Officially Bans High-Injury Hip-Drop Tackle After Months of Debate

NFL prohibits hip-drop tackle despite NFLPA’s protests

The NFL has officially banned the hip-drop tackle after a vote at the spring owner’s meetings in Orlando, Florida. This decision comes after months of discussions and scrutiny around the use of this tackle in football games.

A source confirmed the news to Yahoo Sports shortly before the announcement, stating that momentum has been building for a ban on this move due to its high injury rate compared to a typical tackle. Competition committee executive vice president Jeff Miller had previously stated that it results in about 25 times higher rate of injury.

During media availability, competition committee chairman Rich McKay played a video compilation of examples of hip-drop tackles to further clarify what constitutes this move. However, it is important to note that the ban is specifically for the “swivel” version of the hip-drop tackle, not all versions, which may be difficult for officials to consistently enforce.

Prominent incidents like Patrick Mahomes’ injury against the Jaguars and the tackle that injured Mark Andrews have prompted discussions around the hip-drop tackle. The NFL plans to train officials to enforce the new rule by looking for three specific elements, including grabbing the opponent, swiveling them, and unweighting them.

The NFLPA released a statement ahead of the owners meetings against the proposal of banning the hip-drop tackle, citing concerns about confusion for players, coaches, officials, and fans. Players like Dolphins safety Jevon Holland and Vikings safety Josh Metellus were among the first to publicly weigh in on the rule change, with others like J.J. Watt and Kenyan Drake joining later.

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