NFL Rumors: Owners to Discuss Changes to PI Challenge Rule Approved in March

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 17, 2019

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. Robey-Coleman says he received
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NFL owners could make changes to the new rule approved in March that allows pass interference calls to be challenged.

Per NFL.com's Judy Battista, owners will be asked to consider a change that would allow coaches to challenge pass interference throughout the game when they meet next week. 

When the change was originally approved, potential reviews would be handled by the replay booth during the final two minutes of each half. 

Battista noted the request will be made after game officials and coaches for all 32 teams expressed a sentiment during their annual offseason meetings that it "would allow for more uniformity in the standard for review because the same personthe coachwould have to decide if a play should be reviewed."

If the owners approve the request, the competition committee will be allowed to change the rule without having to go through another ownership vote after completing their meetings with teams. 

The rule change came in the wake of a controversial non-call in the NFC Championship Game. Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball got to him on a third-down play late in the fourth quarter. 

After the Rams won 26-23 in overtime, two Saints fans filed a lawsuit to have the game replayed because of the no-call. The NFL admitted pass interference should have been called on Robey-Coleman in court documents. 

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