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Fired-up NFL coaches got their way here Tuesday when the owners dramatically scaled back their planned overhaul of the kickoff rules.
Hoping to cut down on injuries, the owners voted to move the kickoff to the 35-yard line from its current spot at the 30 starting with the 2011 season. Kickoffs had been from the 35 until 1994, when they were moved back five yards to increase kickoff returns.
Another result from Tuesday's vote: All players also must be within five yards of the kickoff line in order to lessen the "running starts" that cause so many violent collisions.
But thanks to a big pushback from the coaches, the competition committee's plan to eliminate the two-man "wedge" block and to start post-touchback possessions at the 25-yard line instead of the 20 was scratched.
The committee's plan was modified overnight to take out the wedge and post-touchback provisions after Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others led the charge against it.
The owners then voted 26-6 to approve the lesser changes to the kickoff. [...]
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