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NFL likely widening number of plays reviewable with instant replay

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is going to widen the number of plays that are reviewable with instant replay, Rick McKay told Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports. The chairman of the NFL's competition committee said that a proposal to be considered by owners next week will move from defining the plays that are reviewable, to defining plays that are not reviewable -- implying that more kinds of plays will be allowed to go to the booth.

"What's happened is there have been so many rules added over the years as situations have come up, the rulebook has become cumbersome. We're addressing that," McKay said.

This will make it easier for coaches to know when they can and cannot throw a red flag, with "roughly" eight types of play not reviewable. USA Today names pass interference, holding, illegal contact and "other infractions" as non-reviewable. This won't eliminate judgement calls or controversial rulings, but it's a step in the direction of getting things right more often.