TORONTO -- The CFL Rules Committee is expected to vote Friday on a proposal to eliminate open field blocks below the waist in a bid to further improve player health and safety.
"Protecting the well-being of our players within the context of a tough and physically demanding game remains a key focus for our league and our rules committee," said Tom Higgins, the league's Director of Officiating.
The proposal is to eliminate all blocks below the waist, or "low blocks", unless they are executed between the tackles along the line of scrimmage by interior linemen or by other stationary players three yards on other side of the tackles.
It comes on the heels of previous rule changes which eliminated blocks below the waist on special teams and passes beyond the line of scrimmage.
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