By Bill Pennington | New York Times
Welcome pro football fans to a new N.F.L.
Sunday, on the first full day of games in the 2018 season, there were surprises: Some of the most routine tackles, for example, are now penalties.
There were improvements: A reckless hit brought an immediate ejection.
And there was confusion: A new rule designed to curb the dangerous use of a player’s helmet was applied irregularly and did not prevent a scary injury.
It’s only one day. It will probably get better and you will likely get used to it.
You will also have no choice, because the N.F.L. is not turning back.
The new rules that went into effect in this season’s opening week are the first of perhaps many steps as the N.F.L. desperately tries to moderate the most hazardous collisions in an intentionally violent sport.
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