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NFL passes helmet rule, ends tuck rule

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PHOENIX — If it was good enough for football’s greatest running back, NFL owners figure, it should work in the 21st century.

Team owners passed a player safety rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney put the change succinctly.

“Jim Brown never lowered his head,” he said with a smile. “It can be done.”

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