Report: NFL considering rule to eliminate chop blocks

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As the NFL continues to wrestle with making the game safer for its athletes, Adam Schefter reports the league is considering a ban on chop blocks.

At least one former defensive lineman approves this line of thinking, which is hardly surprising.

For those who might not be familiar with what a chop block constitutes, it’s when an offensive lineman, tight end or running back takes a dive at a defender’s knees in an attempt to “chop” the defender to the ground. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the official NFL player conduct guide.

Here is an example of a chop block in action.

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Many defensive players have had seasons ended because of this play, which has been legal in the NFL since its inception provided certain qualifiers are met.

Considered to be a dirty play by many, this is a block that should be penalized, and penalized harshly (15-yard variety) to ensure the safety of defensive linemen and linebackers charging hard to make plays.