NFL VP: Pass interference rule change 'has some momentum'

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SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 20: Cornerback Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons gets called for pass interference on wide receiver Paul Richardson #10 of the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
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Joe Flacco may be losing his greatest weapon.

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent says a proposed rule change for pass interference penalties is gaining ground.

The rule - which would make the pass interference call a 15-yard penalty instead of placing the ball at the spot of the foul - was proposed by the New York Jets and would reflect how the NCAA handles the same infraction. The competition committee was not expected to be in favor of the new rule at the combine, but some members are changing their opinions, sources told ESPN's Kevin Seifert.

The committee will discuss the proposal at next week's league meetings and the rule could be voted on as early as Tuesday.

"We had good discussion in the room," Vincent said Wednesday. "It will be interesting when we get with the coaches. ... I don't want to get ahead of it, but I can tell you this: It had momentum in the room among the competition committee."

The rule has been somewhat controversial as teams are concerned defenders will be enticed to commit interference on plays over 15 yards as 129 pass interference calls in 2017 resulted in a gain of over that distance, according to ESPN.