The Boston Herald reports one of the most intriguing NFL rules changes could be fumbles on plays that were previously ruled down by contact. Whereas the ball was previously dead, this season officials will be able to use instant replay to determine if the fumble occurred before the runner hit the ground. The recovering team would gain possession, regardless of whether the whistle blew. "You can’t really play to the whistle anymore," Patriots HC Bill Belichick said. "You have to play to the ball, because the whistle might not affect the end of the play. In this particular rule, we’re kind of going into an area that we haven’t gone into before."
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