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Kickoffs not getting the boot from NFL

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Any talk of the NFL getting rid of kickoffs has been shelved. For now. Or so it seems.

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, told ESPN on Thursday that he can't see the league eliminating the kickoff. A few months ago, Fisher sounded as if that might happen someday.

The NFL moved kickoffs up five yards two years ago, and Fisher said the results have been encouraging: fewer injuries and a game that hasn't been diminished.

"The kickoff thing comes up, but you know what? The numbers are way down," Fisher said, referring to injuries on kickoffs. "We moved the kickoff up; we increased the number of touchbacks. It's still an exciting game. Look at the Super Bowl -- the ball is still coming out. But the injury numbers are way, way down after the change of two years ago."

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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