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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Rich Mckay
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have signed one-year contract extensions through the 2016 season.
Roger Goodell doesn't want to stand pat with the PAT. He's suggesting potential changes in the extra point that, well, might have some legs.
New England's Tom Brady watched his long throw sail past rookie Aaron Dobson just as Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn pushed 320-pound left tackle Nate Solder into him during a joint practice Wednesday in Foxborough, Mass.
The NFL believes it made pro football safer, particularly for defensive players, with rule changes passed at the owners meetings.
If it was good enough for football's greatest running back, NFL owners figure, it should work in the 21st century.
The tuck rule could disappear from NFL games if owners approve a proposal from the competition committee to dump it.
The owners also will consider a change to instant replay rules allowing for a video review even when a coach makes an illegal challenge. The league meetings are next week in Phoenix.
After about two years of discussions, the Atlanta Falcons are a step closer to getting a new downtown stadium.
By Thanksgiving, maybe even sooner, the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons could be division champs.
The NFL's move to make thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season already has drawn criticism from the guys who will have to wear them.
The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players' union was not pleased with.
In this unpredictable, headline-grabbing offseason, not even hot topics such as overtime or instant replay can push aside the New Orleans Saints and their bounty program.
Even though the NFL's new rule for postseason overtime has never come into play, it's being expanded for the regular season, too.
Sean Payton's season-long suspension for New Orleans' bounty system begins at the end of the week.
Moving kickoffs up 5 yards last season did exactly what the NFL sought, reducing concussions.
McKay said Tuesday: "We do anticipate the topic being discussed."
"We have no hard data yet," he said. "We've had some ACL injuries so far. Last year, it was Achilles injuries in camp. I want to wait for the six weeks of training camp and the preseason and compare year to year and allow the experts to evaluate if there's any more injuries or if the injuries are different than in years past. But I don't think there's any more."