March 20, 2013
Owners opted on Tuesday to defer consideration of the latest rule aimed at reducing concussions until Wednesday. On Wednesday, they may defer it until their next round of meetings.
The buzz in Phoenix currently points to a tabling of the proposed rule outlawing the ramming of an opponent in the open field with the crown of the helmet.
On Monday, there was no sense of opposition to the proposal from the teams — even though some players have expressed misgivings. By Tuesday, coaches began to express concern.
Since then, multiple sources have indicated that the opposition is more widespread than expected, which could result in the league office delaying a vote pending an effort to ensure that at least 24 of the 32 owners will vote in favor of the proposed rule. And, if sufficient support can't be mustered, the measure could suffer the same fate as plenty of others that have been tabled to May.
In other words, the proposal could be tabled indefinitely.