NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league's competition committee would consider in the offseason replacing the kickoff. The league previously had moved the kickoff from the 30 to 35-yard line to cut down on violent collisions.
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano suggested that instead of kickoffs, teams would have the option of punting from the 30-yard line and going for a first down in a fourth-and-15 situation. Schiano witnessed one of his players at Rutgers, Eric LeGrand, get paralyzed on a kickoff in 2010.
"I thought it was an interesting idea," Goodell said. "The committee will look at it."
Goodell said he also did not know when former commissioner Paul Tagliabue would rule on whether to reduce suspensions in the Saints bounty case.
Goodell and Hall of Famers John Elway, John Madden, Howie Long and Ronnie Lott conducted a fan forum with about 150 Raiders season-ticket holders before Thursday's Denver-Oakland game. The majority of fans said they believed the game was better than it was 20 years ago and that the league is doing enough to promote player safety.
Goodell said it remained a challenge to get players to report possible concussions.
"It's not that simple," he said. "You have to have a good teammate next to him if he's not right. We have spotters watching from upstairs who can spot when somebody has had an impact that may lead to a concussion so they can be evaluated. You want to make sure they are all evaluated properly and that the right decisions are made from a medical standpoint."
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