The NFL finally figured out how to slow down Peyton Manning - change the rules.
One day after Manning drew two penalties for illegal snaps at Green Bay, coach Jim Caldwell pleaded with league officials to re-evaluate a change that forces players to wait for the umpire to get into his new position before the ball can be put in play.
The league wasted no time in responding.
“The movement of the umpire to the offensive backfield will happen in the regular season,” league spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement on Friday. “We continue to analyze and review the impact of the change in the preseason, and we may announce some adjustments to the mechanics of the position prior to Week 1.”
What the Colts objected to Thursday were the delays between getting the ball spotted and the umpire getting in position to start the play.
“The one (illegal snap) on me I thought was ridiculous,” Manning said after the game. “Down there by the goal line when you’re snapping the ball to keep them from potentially getting a replay. Also, they’re unsettled. ... At least a do-over of some sort, or a warning, but a 5-yard penalty, that’s ridiculous.”
JAGS REST JONES-DREW
Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew is done for the exhibition season.
Jones-Drew, who missed three days of practice this week, didn’t make the trip to Tampa, Fla., for today’s game against the Buccaneers.
Jones-Drew’s agent, Adisa Bakari, said the Jaguars are resting the Pro Bowl player the final two exhibition games for “precautionary reasons.” He adds that Jones-Drew will be ready for the season opener.
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace injured his foot in a 16-11 loss to the Redskins. Pace, who led the team with eight sacks last season, left the game in the third quarter.. ... The Falcons gave up just a field goal while Miami starting quarterback Chad Henne was in the game, beating the Dolphins 16-6. ... Chiefs rookie linebacker Cameron Sheffield had to be taken away on a cart after a helmet-to-helmet tackle on Mike Bell in a 20-17 loss to the Eagles. Running back Jamaal Charles also limped off the field. ... Rookie running back Chris Ivory turned a swing pass into a 76-yard score in New Orleans’ 36-21 victory over San Diego.
Sam Bradford will finish the exhibition season as the Rams’ starting quarterback, at least partly because veteran A.J. Feeley might not be ready to play. Bradford was 15 of 22 for 189 yards with two touchdowns in a 36-35 victory at New England on Thursday. ... Colts linebacker Gary Brackett is not expected to miss significant time after X-rays on his injured right hand were negative. ... Lions defensive end Jared DeVries will miss a second consecutive season because of injury.