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Loosen Up: NFL to allow some flair in celebrations

At Tuesday's owners meetings in Chicago, the league also officially passed a rule change to reduce overtime periods from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

The shorter overtime period will be used in the preseason and regular season. There were two ties in 2016, one between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals and the other a week later between the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.

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The league's decision to shorten overtime by five minutes is meant to improve player safety, NFL Network reports.

The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive or in bad taste, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.

Taunting, suggest acts (for example, Antonio Brown's twerking) and prolonged celebrations will still result in an unsportsmanlike penalty. Now, teams will be able to carry a full 90-man roster through the final preseason game and then cut down directly to 53. He has recorded at least 100 receptions and 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons. A team game in which the players celebrate joy upon a successful on-field accomplishment. Second, the league will allow a second player to return from injured reserve.

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