Belichick gives the boot to NFL's kickoff proposal

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Belichick gives the boot to NFL's kickoff proposal

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

NEW ORLEANS - The NFL's Competition Committee hatched a proposal that would radically change kickoffs. Bill Belichick hates it. The proposal, which would move the line of scrimmage on kickoffs from the 30 to the 35, would result in more touchbacks. Yet the line of scrimmage after a touchback would now be the 25 instead of the 20. Additionally, the kickoff team would only be allowed a 5-yard runup before the kickoff - currently there's no limit. And there would be no wedge-making. Currently, two players are allowed to join together to block for a kickoff return. "It's a very complicated proposal," Belichick said to a group of reporters in the hallway at the Roosevelt Hotel. "I dont like the idea of removing the kickoff from the game. I think it's one of the most exciting plays in football. It seems to me the Competition Committee wants to eliminate that from the game."Belichick went a step further, noting that the notion it's proposed for player safety didn't come through in the commuttee's presentation Sunday night. "I dont know that its because of head injuries, Belichick said. The ones they showed, there werent very many of them. I think you should talk to the Competition Committee. They are the ones that really proposed the rule. Talk to Rich McKay, whoever else is on the committee and see what they have to say about it. There are a lot of components to it, four different elements to it. Its a complicated rule."One thing that isn't complicated - Belichick's feelings on the proposal.

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Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL

Patriots receiver Andrew Hawkins announces retirement from NFL

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who signed with the Patriots in May, announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Hawkins obviously never suited up for a game with the Pats, but he played for the Bengals from 2011-13 and the Browns from 2014-16. The 31-year-old accumulated 209 receptions for 2,419 yards over the course of his short career.

He announced his decision to retire on Twitter via UNINTERRUPTED, noting his body has not felt the way it should through OTAs and the summer. As for what he has planned after football, he will pursue his Ph.D. in economics.

CTE found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players' brains

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CTE found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players' brains

In a study published by medical journal JAMA, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in 99% of deceased NFL players' brains that were donated to scientific research.

According to CNN, each brain studied was required to have football as its main exposure to head trauma. 202 total brains of deceased football players, including high school, college and professional, were studied. A whopping 177 were diagnosed with CTE.

It should be noted the study points out potential bias since relatives of players could have submitted the brains due to clinical symptoms they noticed while the players were alive.

Regardless, the JAMA study's results are alarming, especially since it is the largest CTE study to date.