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Old 09-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Rules Explanation

According to the NFL Rules Digest, "No player on offense may assist a runner except by blocking for him." I have known this to be a rule for quite some time, but it seems as though it is never enforced. I am only left to assume that I don't understand the rule, and so I am looking for clarification.

In the game against the Lions, Stafford was pushed beyond the line of scrimmage by Bell, which would appear to be a violation of this rule. Bell assisted Stafford, the runner, in a way other than blocking for him.

What gives?
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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I see it too, but we do it also, so I tend to look the other way. It just seems like one of those rules that doesn't get enforced. With all the constant rule changes the refs have to keep in mind, I don't blame them.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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ah the Reggie Bush / Leinart rule
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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One of those rules that rarely gets called.

In the instance of Bell pushing Stafford, it didn't get more obvious than that. They should just take it off the books if they're not going to enforce it.
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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^ yeah it's pointless, the call is never used
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #6
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One of those rules that rarely gets called.

In the instance of Bell pushing Stafford, it didn't get more obvious than that. They should just take it off the books if they're not going to enforce it.
Kinda like the rule where you can't use a another player to leap in the air, xtra points , field goals etc.
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Kinda like the rule where you can't use a another player to leap in the air, xtra points , field goals etc.
And the one where you can't fake injuries to stop the clock.
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And the one where you can't fake injuries to stop the clock.

Need a hug ?
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According to the NFL Rules Digest, "No player on offense may assist a runner except by blocking for him." I have known this to be a rule for quite some time, but it seems as though it is never enforced. I am only left to assume that I don't understand the rule, and so I am looking for clarification.

In the game against the Lions, Stafford was pushed beyond the line of scrimmage by Bell, which would appear to be a violation of this rule. Bell assisted Stafford, the runner, in a way other than blocking for him.

What gives?
I think it is that you can be pushed but not pulled forward.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:12 AM   #12
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Nah, my team can actually score points. I'm good.
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Nah, my team can actually score points. I'm good.
OH, Bazinga! Good one Monkey!
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Kinda like the rule where you can't use a another player to leap in the air, xtra points , field goals etc.

That gets called all the time when its done. Its just not done very often.
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