BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s not quite yellow and red card territory, but the NFL is looking to install a rule that will eject players from games once they reach a pair of personal fouls.
If this rule was in place last season, Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo would have had to take an early seat for tearing into officials after being flagged for a late hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Orakpo received a personal foul penalty for the late hit and then was flagged twice more for unsportsmanlike conduct during his outburst. That would have ended his day under the proposed rule.
The incident was actually used by vice president of officiating Dean Blandino during a presentation at the annual meeting on Monday.
“The committee ended up and we all felt comfortable with just isolating it to certain situations that involve unsportsmanlike conduct,” Blandino said. “It would be the things directed at an opponent, whether during the play or after the play.”
Things that would directed at an opponent: pointing at them when they run in for a touchdown, putting the ball in an opponent’s face or standing over someone after making a tackle. It could also be language that escalates a situation.
If the rule were to pass, there would not be automatic fines for being ejected from a game. Each infraction would still fall under the guidelines already in place.