NFL to consider possibility of adding targeting rule

The NFL will consider the possibility of implementing a targeting rule similar to the one currently used in college football when its Competition Committee meets this offseason.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said the league has received positive feedback from college officials and players about the targeting rule. He said it will be part of the Competition Committee’s February meeting agenda.

“I think it’s something we have to consider,” Vincent said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “We think there have been some positives, talking to some of the [college] conferences and the officials there, and also some of the student athletes … it is a deterrent. It’s something that we will consider — it is on one of our agenda items for the offseason as we speak to the coaches and the Competition Committee.”

Vincent was asked about the targeting rule in the wake of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s one-game suspension for his hit on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Under the college rule, officials could have reviewed Smith-Schuster’s hit and eject him if they determined he purposefully targeted Burfict. The same rule, theoretically, also could have been applied to the

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