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NFL

PATs to move back in preseason

– The NFL will experiment with extra-point kicks from the 20-yard line for two weeks in the preseason this summer, but implementing longer PATs for the regular season has been tabled.

Team owners preferred to see how the longer extra points work in the first two weeks of exhibition games before making any decisions on a permanent switch.

On Wednesday, the owners also rejected proposals to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line and to allow more than one player to be placed on injured reserve, then return to the roster during the season.

Also rejected: subjecting personal foul penalties to video review; permitting coaches to challenge any officiating decision except on scoring plays or turnovers, which automatically are reviewed; and eliminating the first preseason cutdown to 75 players.

Adopted on the final day of the spring meetings were proposals to extend the length of the goalposts 5 feet to 35 feet to better determine if kicks are good; to no longer stop the clock on sacks; and to allow video reviews on plays with a recovery of a loose ball on the field even though the play had been whistled dead.

On Tuesday, the owners approved allowing referees to consult with the officiating department in New York on replay challenges, and they voted to ban rolling up on the side of the legs of a defender. The league also barred players from dunking the ball over the crossbar in celebration.

As expected, no vote was taken on expanding the playoffs, although the topic was discussed.

No surgery for former Bills QB

Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said Wednesday he will not immediately undergo surgery for a recurrence of cancer.

Instead, the longtime Buffalo Bills star will likely first be treated with chemotherapy and radiation.

Around the league

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says it’s possible the playoffs could expand next season, saying “it’s not out of the question.” …

New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis said the club agreed to the terms of a one-year contract with quarterback Luke McCown. Last year he threw only one pass, an incompletion.… Tampa Bay signed receiver Louis Murphy, who spent the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders.

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