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Bears Say League Granted Permission to Kick From 30 vs. Bills

Bears had approval in advance from the NFL office during the offseason to kick off from the 30-yard line in preseason before they discovered Saturday night that the league didn’t want them deviating from the new rule according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

In a somewhat controversial move, the competition committee pushed through a new rule for this season that moves kickoffs from the 30- to the 35-yard line in an effort to reduce the number of injuries that occur on those plays.

Robbie Gould used the 30-yard line as his starting point for the first two kickoffs Saturday at Soldier Field in the 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. After that, the NFL office communicated with officials at the stadium and informed the team that such a move was a no-no.

Before the game, the referee and officiating crew told the Bears it was OK, and the team also informed Bills coach Chan Gailey, who had no issue with it.

“We talked to the NFL beforehand during the offseason and they said it was going to be OK. So that’s why we did it,” Toub explained Monday at training camp.

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One Response to “Bears Say League Granted Permission to Kick From 30 vs. Bills”

  1. Danny says:

    Not sure why they want to kick from the 30, but if they do, why can’t they just take a delay of game penalty each kickoff?

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