NFL plans a player safety summit next week, with a focus on kickoffs

The NFL has already made one major change to player safety rules this offseason, banning players from lowering their heads to initiate contact with the helmet. And a discussion of more changes is on the agenda for next week.
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A player safety summit is being planned for next week, May 1-2 at the league office, an NFL spokesman told ESPN.
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Kickoffs will be a focal point of the meeting, with continuing discussions about how to make the play safer 鈥?or get rid of it altogether. Packers President Mark Murphy said last month that the league was planning to call on head coaches and special teams coordinators to come up with solutions to the problem of concussions suffered on kickoffs, and that input will be sought at next week’s meeting. Steve Tasker, one of the best special teams players in NFL history, has confirmed that he’s part of the discussions around the future of the kickoff as well.

All we can talk about, though, is what happened, and how it happened, and what it meant for both New York teams, who both got it exactly right that night.

It serves as a wonderful backdrop for what the teams need again, 37 years later, where the quaint old selection meeting is now a full-blown phenomenon, one the NFL takes on the road, this year to the outskirts of Dallas.
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Alex Claudio picked up a save on Saturday. This isn’t a sign that the former Rangers closer has regained the job, but rather an indication that Texas won’t hesitate to play matchups when warranted. Keone Kela is still the closer, with the ability to handle lefty swingers, but on occasion, Claudio could still be called upon to retire left-handers.

With Rookie of the Year voting due last Friday, Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell Authentic Kevin Johnson Jersey — the two front-runners for the award — had their final chance to make an impression and potentially sway voters.

In an interview with ESPN on April 9, Simmons said he is 100 percent the Rookie of the Year. On Tuesday, Mitchell arrived to the Utah Jazz’s game against the Golden State Warriors wearing a black Adidas sweatshirt with the word rookie accompanied by the word’s definition across the front of the hoodie. The underlying message? Simmons shouldn’t be eligible for the award because he was drafted in 2016 and this is technically his second season as a professional.

Then the Warriors calmed down, tallying just eight turnovers in the final three quarters.

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