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The NFL Today: Replay Rule May Get Changed Before Playoffs

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with NFL referee Walt Coleman during a disputed play during the game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Texans defeated the Lions 34-31. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 22: Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with NFL referee Walt Coleman during a disputed play during the game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Texans defeated the Lions 34-31. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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The immediate reaction among NFL coaches and executives to the events of the Thanksgiving game between the Texans and Lions was decisive, as many expressed to me a strong belief that the rule negating replay review when a coach throws a challenge flag on a scoring play needs to be changed. And, according to league sources, there is an expectation that change could come before the playoffs start.

There has already been some internal communication between members of the Competition Committee, sources said, in the wake of this controversial rule coming into play twice in a five-day span. And that group is likely to recommend this rule be changed at the next league meeting, Dec. 12 in Dallas.

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