NFL Players Who Could Get Hosed by New Rule Changes

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NFL Players Who Could Get Hosed by New Rule Changes
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Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson.

Since September of 2010, the NFL has accounted for 55 percent of the nation's most watched television programs. That statistic may not carry much shock value to the average fan, but it's a testament to just how popular the game has become to fans from all different walks of life throughout the last decade. The NFL, now more than ever before, is much more than a lucrative business or sports league; it's a powerful brand name that generates economic growth in a multitude of areas.

However, the NFL that we will watch in 2013 is going to look drastically different than it did even just a few seasons ago. In order to preserve its brand, the league has implemented a variety of new rules in an effort to promote a safer playing environment. As the list of newly implemented rules and regulations continues to grow, they will undoubtedly begin having a more noticeable effect on the games being played.

For some players, particularly those with a more physical style of play, the new rule changes could potentially wreak havoc on their respective teams. It's going to take years for the changes to take effect, as it's unlikely that players who have been taught from a young age to inflict as much pain as possible on their opponents have the ability to simply edit that function out of their instinctual in-game habits.

Regardless, let's take a look at several players (or teams) who could attract penalties and potential fines for violating the rule changes put in place by the NFL Competition Committee this offseason.

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