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Officials at NFL Office Can Now Eject Players During a Game

Officials at the NFL office will now have the ability to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for that act is called on the field, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.

The rule to allow in-game ejections from the league’s officiating office was designed to address egregious hits last season by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans in separate incidents.

Both were penalized 15 yards, but referees declined to eject them. Referees will retain the authority to eject players as necessary.

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