Players not in uniform banned from leaving sideline to celebrate

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The Competition Committee considered preventing players from leaving the sideline to join in on-field celebrations. They didn’t go that far, but they have made a slight tweak to the celebration rule.

Group celebrations still can occur this season as long as they happen within 40 seconds. That part hasn’t changed.

What has changed is players not in uniform cannot participate in on-field celebrations.

“What started to happen is we had everybody and their family came on the field to celebrate,” Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, said during the league’s officiating clinic over the weekend. “. . .The rule now says if you’re not an actively dressed member of the 46-man squad, you cannot come onto the field to celebrate. Again, you must be active and dressed to come on to celebrate, and you’ve still got to do it within the 40 seconds.”

But dressed players coming off the sideline are not required to wear their helmets to participate in on-field celebrations.

12 responses to “Players not in uniform banned from leaving sideline to celebrate

  1. The only times players out of uniform leave the sidelines to celebrate are on teams that don’t often win. Teams with players who perform elaborate TD celebrations while down 40 points or make the 1st down sign while getting creamed…

  2. Every time I see these orchestrated celebrations, I wonder if they took time out of actual practice to practice the celebration.

    Not a fan when the entire offense or the entire defense celebrates a play together.

  3. I don’t remember seeing undressed players on the field of play but I guess it’s happened. I’d like to think I sympathize for both sides. But it seems totally reasonable for anyone NOT wearing a sanctioned uniform of some sort to be allowed on the field of play.

  4. This should never have been happening, if you are on the field you can obviously celebrate at a reasonable time frame, if your on the sideline stay on the sideline unless your going on the field to do your job. This is being made far too complicated, too much leeway. Good thing they recognized the problem.

  5. I must be getting old but I’ll personally hate the group celebrations. I find it so hard to fathom a grown man standing up and saying after practice we goin to work on td celebrations!

  6. “. . .The rule now says if you’re not an actively dressed member of the 46-man squad, you cannot come onto the field to celebrate. Again, you must be active and dressed to come on to celebrate, and you’ve still got to do it within the 40 seconds.”

    So just about zero coaches, including the head coach, can come out, then. The headline of this article indicates players, but this quote uses the verbiage “actively dressed member of the 46-man squad”. No coach is an actively dressed member of the 46-man squad.

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