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NFL tables OT overhaul, bans Oklahoma drill

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, right, celebrates his touchdown with fullback James Develin during overtime in the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 20. The Patriots scored on the only possession of overtime. Denny Medley / USA TODAY Sports

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- NFL overtime rules will be unchanged for the 2019 season, the competition committee declared Wednesday, May 22 at its annual May meeting.

A proposal by the Kansas City Chiefs received considerable attention, and Commissioner Roger Goodell welcomed a debate he said should continue with a particular focus on changes to OT for playoff games.

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the proposal, which guarantees both teams one possession in overtime, will be revisited next year by NFL owners.

Current rules allow for the team receiving the ball first in overtime to score a touchdown and end the game.

The impetus for the Chiefs' plan was an overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January when a first-drive touchdown sent New England to the Super Bowl.

The NFL also announced it would ban teams from using several well-known one-on-one drills from practice and training camp, including the popular Oklahoma Drill and the Bull in the Ring. Each simulates one-on-one play between either a pair of linemen or a blocker and would-be tackler. Eliminating the drills is intended to reduce incidences of head injuries during contact portions of practice.

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