NFL Bans ‘Swivel’ Hip-Drop Tackle: What You Need to Know about the New Rule

NFL prohibits hip-drop tackle despite NFLPA’s protests

The NFL has voted to officially ban the hip-drop tackle, a decision that was widely expected after months of discussions about its dangers. A source close to the league confirmed the news to Yahoo Sports just before the announcement was made.

The move comes after a series of high-profile injuries sustained by players who used the hip-drop tackle, including Patrick Mahomes and Mark Andrews. While there may be some confusion about what constitutes a hip-drop tackle, competition committee chairman Rich McKay has played a video compilation of examples during media availability to help clarify things.

The ban applies specifically to the “swivel” version of the hip-drop tackle, not all versions. Officials will need to be trained to enforce this new rule by looking for three specific elements: grabbing the opponent, swiveling them, and unweighting them.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released a statement ahead of the owners meetings expressing concerns about confusion for players, coaches, officials, and fans. However, some players have already spoken out in support of the rule change, including Dolphins safety Jevon Holland and Vikings safety Josh Metellus. Other notable players like J.J. Watt and Kenyan Drake have also weighed in on the issue.

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