Kickoffs will remain at the 35-yard line this season after owners voted down a proposal to move them to the 40.
Three years ago the league moved kickoffs from the 30 to the 35 as a player safety measure, arguing that the rule would create more touchbacks and therefore fewer high-speed collisions on tackles. When passing that rule, the NFL also added rules restricting how the kickoff team could line up, to create shorter running starts.
This year, Washington’s proposal to move kickoffs to the 40 came out of the blue, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of support for it. So it’s not surprising that the owners voted it down, as reported by Albert Breer of NFL Network.
The kickoff is still viewed as one of the most dangerous plays in football, and there’s even been talk that the league might eliminate kickoffs entirely. But for now, the rules on kickoffs will remain the same, for the fourth season in a row.