NFL coaches could re­turn to team fa­cil­i­ties next week

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NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell is hope­ful that coaches will be able to re­turn to their team fa­cil­i­ties by next week.

Good­ell said Thurs­day fol­low­ing an own­ers con­fer­ence call that the vir­tual off­sea­son is be­ing ex­tended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press, he out­lined the next phase of re­open­ing of club fa­cil­i­ties, which can be­gin Mon­day.

“We ex­pect that next week clubs will be per­mit­ted to in­clude mem­bers of their coach­ing staffs among the em­ploy­ees per­mit­ted to re­sume work in the club fa­cil­ity,” Good­ell wrote. “We are ac­tively work­ing with gov­er­nors and other state and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in those states that have not yet an­nounced de­fin­i­tive plans and will con­firm the pre­cise date on which coaches can re­turn to the fa­cil­ity as soon as pos­si­ble.”

NFL own­ers tabled a pro­posal that would have of­fered a fourth-and-15 play as an al­ter­na­tive to the on­side kick. They ap­proved test­ing ex­panded use of video re­play in the pre­sea­son to aid in of­fi­ci­at­ing.

The 32 own­ers also in­creased the num­ber of play­ers who may be des­ig­nated for re­turn from the in­jured list dur­ing a sea­son from two to three.

Also passed was mak­ing per­ma­nent the ex­pan­sion of au­to­matic re­play re­views to in­clude scor­ing plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any suc­cess­ful or un­suc­cess­ful ex­tra points.

The com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ex­pand de­fense­less player pro­tec­tion to a kick­off or punt re­turner who is in pos­ses­sion of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off con­tact of an op­po­nent also was ap­proved.

An­other ap­proved rec­om­men­da­tion stops teams from ma­nip­u­lat­ing the game clock by com­mit­ting mul­ti­ple dead-ball fouls while the clock is run­ning.

Run­ning

BOSTON MARATHON CAN­CELED » The Boston Marathon has been can­celed for the first time in its 124-year his­tory.

Or­ga­niz­ers said that they in­stead will have a “vir­tual event” in which par­tic­i­pants who ver­ify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will re­ceive their fin­isher’s medal. The race had orig­i­nally been sched­uled for April 20 be­fore be­ing post­poned for five months be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

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